Adoption FAQs

How long does it take to adopt a child?

For domestic adoptions, most families who apply to adopt a child through Hope’s Promise are placed within two years of their home study approval. For an inter-country adoption, a minimum of three years is average. Read more about the adoption process.

How much does adoption cost?

Our adoption fees vary based on the amount of services we provide and the expenses incurred. Each program has a payment schedule which is detailed in the Service Agreement every family signs. We strive to maintain reasonable and affordable fees.

What criteria does Hope’s Promise have for adoptive families?

Applicants for adoption must be at least 21 years old and have health insurance. Health issues, age, and previous marriages are evaluated on an individual basis. 

Can non-Colorado families apply to adopt from your domestic program?

Most of the unplanned pregnancy clients we work with prefer to have their children placed with Colorado families. We do accept applications from a limited number of non-Colorado residents. You can email to see if we are accepting out of state applications at this time.

How long does a birth parent have to change their mind in Colorado?

Colorado law requires that all relinquishing birth parents receive counseling from a licensed agency. There are two legal relinquishment processes in Colorado. The legal risk period depends on which legal option is utilized. The legal risk period can range from a few days to several weeks depending on the circumstances of the case. This is a voluntary process, and we proceed with each expectant parent when they feel ready.

Do you facilitate open adoptions? How does Hope’s Promise define open adoption?

Yes, most of our domestic placements are open. The degree of openness, however, is mutually agreed upon between the birth and adoptive families.

We define open adoption as an adoption where full identifying information has been shared between the birth and adoptive families. They have met and plan to keep in personal contact with one another after the child is placed with the adoptive family and after the birth mother has legally relinquished her rights. Letters and pictures are usually exchanged several times per year.

What countries do you currently work with for international adoptions?

We accept applications to provide home study and post-placement services for Colorado residents who are working with an out-of-state placing agency in the country of their choosing.  In the past, we have assisted Colorado families adopting from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Ethiopia, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Uganda, Kenya, Liberia, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Bulgaria, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, and Haiti.

I live in Colorado, but want to adopt internationally from an out-of-state agency. Can you help?

Yes. We can provide the state required home study, assistance with filing your USCIS petition, required training, post placement, and legal services. We will provide you with itemized fees for the required services. Additionally, we are experienced with working cooperatively with a variety of agencies in numerous states.

What is a dossier, and why is it necessary?

The dossier is the paperwork the foreign government requires as approval of a prospective family for adoption. Most countries have an established list of required documents, as well as an accepted form in which it must be presented (i.e. notarized, certified, authenticated). A dossier is essential to completing an international adoption and is completed with the assistance of the placing agency.

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