How to apply
All parties must submit a notarized Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry Application, photocopy of a valid ID, non-refundable processing fee and proof of relationship.
Eligible parties include:
- Birth parent.
- Sibling (including foster, adopted or not adopted).
- Relative of a deceased adoptee.
- Relative of a deceased birth parent.
“Relative" includes an individual's spouse, birth parent, adoptive parent, sibling, or child who is twenty-one years of age or older.
If you are:
- A former foster child, you must share at least one birth parent of the person you are looking for.
- A relative of a deceased adoptee or a relative of a deceased birth parent, you will need to submit, along with the application and the fee, a photocopy of your valid ID and a certified copy of the adoptee's or birth parents’ death certificate and proof of your relationship to that person, such as a certified marriage record or certified birth certificate.
If a match occurs:
You will be contacted by the Vital Records office in the manner you indicated on the application.
A birth parent will not be matched with the qualified adult adoptee without the consent of the other birth parent unless:
- There is only one birth parent listed on the birth certificate, or
- The other birth parent is deceased, or
- We can't locate the other birth parent after an exhaustive search, the cost of which will be fully funded by the birth parent seeking a match.
A former foster child who may or may not have been adopted can be matched with the adult-adopted sibling only if the person you are looking for also has registered with the Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry.
On June 5, 2015, House Bill 15-1355 was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. This act established a process for Confidential Intermediaries to arrange contact among consenting adult adoptees, adoptive and biological parents, and biological siblings. The Colorado Confidential Intermediary services provide for a more active search process than the Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry. Contact a Colorado Confidential Intermediary for more information. This act has also allowed access to adoption records to adult adoptees, descendants, and adoptive family members.