If you are contemplating adoption in Lakewood, Colorado, either as a prospective adoptive parent or as a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have questions about local adoption resources, laws and processes. Here, find information about Lakewood adoption agencies, home study providers and other local adoption and foster care services.
Find additional information about adoption and foster care throughout Colorado on our state adoption page.
Adoption Professionals and Adoption Agencies in Lakewood
Whether you are considering adopting or placing a baby for adoption in Lakewood, the professional you choose to work with can provide the guidance, services and support you need through the adoption process.
Some adoptive and birth parents are most comfortable working with a local or regional adoption agency. The following adoption professionals can help you complete your adoption in Lakewood:
Foster Care Professionals in Lakewood
Foster care programs, requirements and processes vary depending on state laws. In Colorado, the requirements for foster parents include:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be able to physically and financially care for a child
- Pass child abuse and criminal background checks
Some agencies have additional training or requirements for the parents they work with. Contact a local foster care agency for more information about the process to become a foster parent in Lakewood:
Home Study Providers in Lakewood
Whether you choose domestic infant adoption or foster care, you will need to complete a home study that meets Colorado laws and requirements.
The Colorado home study process includes personal interviews, home visits, criminal history checks and more. A complete list of home study requirements and additional information about the process can be found on our How to Adopt in Colorado page.
The person or agency conducting the home study must be legally qualified. When you are ready to begin the home study process, here are some trusted providers in Colorado:
- Adoption Options
Adoption Options is a Hague-accredited licensed full-service adoption agency located in Aurora with coverage across the state. The agency provides home study services for domestic, kinship, second parent, embryo and international adoptions.
- A Love Beyond Borders
A Love Beyond Borders is a licensed, Hague-approved adoption agency that offers the required SAFE home study, adoption education and post-adoption services to prepare families for domestic and international adoptions. A Love Beyond Borders provides home study services for intercountry, private domestic, kinship, stepparent and second parent adoptions.
- Adoption Choices of Colorado
Adoption Choices of Colorado is a full-service, nonprofit agency and expert both domestic and international home studies. State of Colorado-trained licensed social workers guide families through the adoption and home study process throughout the state of Colorado.
- Virginia L. Frank, Attorney & Counselor at Law
- Hand in Hand International Adoptions
Hand in Hand can work with any family living in Colorado to complete an international home study.
- International Adoption Net
International Adoption Net is licensed by the state of Colorado to provide home study services to prospective adoptive parents in international and domestic adoption.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Colorado home study providers.
Hospitals in Lakewood
As the baby’s due date draws closer, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, this will be your opportunity to decide who is in the delivery room with you, how much time you will spend with your baby and the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to begin planning your hospital stay, your adoption agency will work with the delivery hospital to make them aware of your wishes. Here are some local Lakewood hospitals that you may be able to work with:
- Lutheran Medical Center
8300 West 38th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
- Denver Health
777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
- Saint Joseph Hospital
1375 East 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
Additional nearby hospitals, along with other local adoption and foster care resources, may be found on our Adoption in Denver page.
Laws and Qualifications to Adopt
Adoption is a legal process regulated by state laws. Detailed information about adoption laws in Lakewood and throughout the rest of the state is included in our Colorado adoption information. Below is an overview of some of the regulations impacting adoptive parents and birth mothers in Lakewood.
For Birth Parents
If you choose adoption for your baby, you will need to legally consent and relinquish your parental rights. Your adoption professional can help prepare you and guide you through this process. Get the information you need about executing consent, birth father rights and more here.
For Adoptive Parents
To be eligible to adopt in Lakewood, you must meet certain state qualifications and complete the Colorado home study process. Throughout the adoption process, adoptive families must also adhere to state laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization, advertising and more. These laws our outlined here.
Lakewood adoptions must be finalized in court. If you are adopting in Lakewood, Colorado, find your local courthouse and other information about adoption in Jefferson County.
Things to do in Lakewood
As adoptive parents, you may find yourself in the Lakewood area during the adoption process to visit your baby’s birth parents or wait for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in Lakewood before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: