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Home Self Help Access to Adoption Records
Access to Adoption Records
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.

  • FORMS for Adoption
    • All forms related to adoptions
      • Instructions

        JDF 495 - Instructions for Second Parent Adoption - Without a Civil Union

        JDF 496 - Instructions for Adult Adoption

        JDF 497 - Instructions for Validation of Foreign Adoption

        JDF 498 - Instructions for Kinship Adoption

        JDF 499 - Instructions for Custodial Adoption

        JDF 500 - Instructions for Stepparent Adoption

         

        Forms

        JDF 454 - Verified Statement of Fees Charged

        JDF 501 - Petition for Adoption

        JDF 502 - Petition for Stepparent Adoption

        JDF 503 - Petition for Custodial Adoption

        JDF 504 - Petition for Second Parent Adoption - Without a Civil Union

        JDF 505 - Petition for Kinship Adoption

        JDF 506 - Notice of Adoption Proceeding and Summons to Respond

        JDF 507 - Affidavit of Service/Waiver and Acceptance of Service

        JDF 508 - Consent to Adoption - Sole Legal Parent - Without a Civil Union

        JDF 509 - Consent to Adoption - Custodial Parent

        JDF 510 - Consent to Adoption - Non-Custodial Parent

        JDF 511 - Consent to Adoption - Child Over 12 years of age

        JDF 514 - Notice of Hearing

        JDF 515 - Motion to Waive Family Assessment/Home Study

        JDF 516 - Order Regarding Motion to Waive Family Assessment/Home Study

        JDF 517 - Motion & Affidavit for Publication of Notice

        JDF 518 - Order for Publication & Mailing

        JDF 520 - Petition to Terminate the Parent-Child Legal Relationship

        JDF 521 - Finding of Fact & Decree

        JDF 522 - Final Decree of Adoption

        JDF 523 - Decree for Second Parent Adoption - Without a Civil Union

        JDF 524 - Decree Validating Foreign Adoption

        JDF 525 - Affidavit of Abandonment

        JDF 526 - Affidavit of Diligent Efforts

        JDF 527 - Petition for Validation of Foreign Adoption

        JDF 528 - Petition for Adult Adoption

        JDF 529 - Answer/Consent for Adult Adoption

        JDF 530 - Notice & Summons for Adult Adoption

        JDF 531 - Decree for Adult Adoption

         

         

         

         

  • What is an adoption record?
    • 1. What paperwork is part of the adoption record?
      • The following paperwork is part of the adoption record:

        * Adoptee's original birth certificate and a birth certificate that was changed

        * Identifying information

        * Final order of adoption

        * Final order of relinquishment, where a parent or parents give-up their right(s) as parent(s)

        * Order ending rights of parent(s)

        * Non-identifying information

         

        Identifying information includes:

        *  Name of adoptee before adoption

        * Name and address of each birth parent from birth records

        * Name, address, and contaction information of adult adoptee

        * Current name, address, and contact information of each birth parent, if known

        * Other information that might personally identify a birth parent

         

        Non-identifying information includes:

        * Information that doesn't reveal the name, address, employment, or other information that could identify the birth parents

        * What the birth parents look like

        * Where the birth parents went to school

        * What the birth parents do for a living

        * Genetic information about the birth family, such as diseases that run in the family

        * Medical information about the adoptee's birth

        * History of who cared for the adoptee until adoption and who adopted the adoptee

        * Social information about the birth parents, such as class or race

    • 2. Where may I find more information about the adoption record?
      • The adoption record is defined in 19-1-103(6.5), C.R.S. (Colorado Revised Statutes) or Colorado law.

  • May I look at an adoption record?
    • 1. Is an adoption record open for anyone to look at?
      • An adoption record is confidential and the general public may not look at these records.

    • 2. Who may look at an adoption record?
      • The following individuals may look at an adoption record:

        * Adult adoptees

        * Adoptive parent of minor adoptee

        * Custodial grandparent of a minor adoptee

        * Attorney for any person listed above

        * Confidential intermediary

         

        The following individuals may look at an adoption record if they have notarized written consent or permission from the adult adoptee or if they show proof that the adult adoptee is dead:

        * Spouse of adult adoptee or adult adoptee's partner in a civil union

        * Adult descendant of adult adoptee

        * Adult sibling (brother or sister) or half-sibling of adult adoptee

        * Adoptive parent or grandparent of adult adoptee

        * Attorney for any individual listed above

  • How do I request access an adoption record?
    • 1. What paperwork do I need to access an adoption record?
      • Download and fill-out the following forms:

        JDF 532 Request for Access to Adoption Records

         

        Tips for completing JDF 532 Request

        * Follow the prompts to complete the form.

        * It's ok if you don't know your case number.

        * Identify who you are in #3 so the court knows why you should have access to the records.

        * If you are not one of the individuals who are allowed by Colorado law to have access to the record fill out #4, telling the court why you need access to the adoption record.

        * You may want to review the Indian Child Welfare Act, sections 1917 and 1951, to answer #5.

         

         

    • 2. What paperwork do I need to show the court that I am the person making the request to access an adoption record?
      • You can download the following instructions and use the hyperlink on page 3 of the instructions to see a list of documents that the court will accept to show your identity:

        JDF 494 Instructions for Access to Adoption Records

        You will need to include one or more documents from the list.  Allow time to get your documents together so that you may include them with your request to access adoption records.

        The documents come from a variety of government and other organizations.  You will follow the requirements of those government or other organizations if you don't have the needed documents in your possession and you have to ask them for copies.

    • 3. What paperwork do I need to show the court my relationship to the adoptee whose adoption record I am requesting to access?
      • You can download the following instructions and use the hyperlink on page 3 of the instructions to see a list of documents that the court will accept to show your relationship to the adult adoptee:

        JDF 494 Instructions for Access to Adoption Records

        You will need to include documents from the list. Allow time to get your documents together so that you may include them with your request to access adoption records.

        The documents come from a variety of government and other organizations. You will follow the requirements of those government or other organizations if you don't have the needed documents in your possession and you have to ask them for copies.

    • 4. How do I give my paperwork to the court to request access an adoption record?
      • (1) Decide where (which courthouse) to deliver your paperwork.

        You will need to know in which county the adoption took place.  Deliver your paperwork to the district court in the county where the adoption took place. The courthouse finder will help you find the address of the court.

         

        (2) Give the district Court the completed form and documents.

        JDF 532 Request for Access to Adoption Records

        - Document(s) showing your identity

        - Document(s) showing your relationship to the adult adoptee

         

        You may mail your paperwork to the court.  If you decide to mail your paperwork mail your original request and copies of your identity and relationship documents. Your original request must be notarized.

         

  • What happens after I give my request to the court?
    • 1. When will I be able to access an adoption record?
      • If you submit your request IN PERSON and you are one of the individuals that may access the record, listed in the May I look at an adoption record? section above, you may be able to look at the record after the clerk checks your identity and relationship to the adult adoptee. This will be determined by the local court process.

        The clerk will find the record and prepare it if you're going to look at it at the courthouse.  Some court locations store records offsite.  The clerk will see if the record is at the courthouse.  You may have to come back or the clerk may have to send a copy of the record to you if the file is stored offsite.

         

        If you submit your request by MAIL and you are one of the individuals that may access the record, listed in the May I look at an adoption record? section above, the clerk may mail you a copy of the record after the clerk checks your identity and relationship to the adult adoptee.

        The clerk will find the record and prepare it. Some court locations store records offsite. The clerk will see if the record is at the courthouse. It may take longer to receive a copy of the record if the file is stored offsite.

         

        If you are NOT one of the individuals that may access the record, listed in the May I look at an adoption record? section above, the judge will look at your request and decide if you will be allowed to access the record.  You should receive a copy of the judge's order telling you whether you can or cannot access the adoption record.

        If the judge decides to allow access to the record the clerk will find the record and prepare it. Some court locations store records offsite. The clerk will see if the record is at the courthouse. It may take longer to receive a copy of the record if the file is stored offsite.

    • 2. Is there a charge to access an adoption record?
      • The fees for accessing an adoption record include the cost to have the record delivered to the courthouse if it is offsite, copies of paperwork in the file, and postage to mail the record to you, if need be.  The court location will tell you what those costs are.

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