Foster to Adoption

Humanity, Balance, Honesty, Inclusion, Teamwork

640 Colorado children were adopted from foster care in 2015.


Foster parents who open their hearts and homes to a child in need may develop relationships as strong as those with their birth children. Adoption of children and teens by foster parents is increasingly common, and deciding whether adoption is right for you and your family can raise a lot of questions. 


Compared to other kinds of adoption, foster parent adoption offers the advantage of familiarity to the adopting family, the child, and the birth family. You can build on existing relationships because you may already be familiar with the child’s personality, family and medical history, education plan, and other important aspects of his or her life.


There is a real financial benefit of adopting through foster care. Besides not requiring exorbitant agency fees, the state of Colorado covers court costs that would normally be the responsibility of the adoptive parents. In addition, there are adoption tax credits and medical subsidy for children adopted through foster care.



Colorado Adoption Facts:


  • The goal for Colorado's children/youth is to find the right family for each unique child/youth based on his/her life experiences. Not every family will be a match for a child.

  • Adoption of any kind involves trauma and loss that impacts an individual throughout his/her life. Potential adoptive parents need an understanding of how to provide a supportive, healing home for a child/youth.

  • Training is available through your county or child placement agency.

  •  Monetary and post-adoptive support may also be available through your county or child placement agency.

  • Adoption through a county in Colorado's Child Welfare System has little cost.  Child Placement Agencies may have fees.                                                                                                                                                             


Children Available in Mesa County For Adoption:

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Statistics about Adoption from Foster Care:


  • There are approximately 608,898 children in the U.S. foster care system whose parental rights have been terminated and who are waiting to be adopted.

  • In 2014, 50,841 children were adopted from foster care.

  • Average age of waiting children: 7.7 years old.

  • Race/ethnicity of waiting children: 42% Caucasian, 23% African-American, 23% Latino.

  • The average child in foster care waiting to be adopted goes through three different placements and has been in the system for nearly 32.3 months.

  • In 2014, more than 22,000 children aged out of foster care without a permanent family.



The process of any kind of adoption can be (undestandably) complex.


The Mesa County Foster Care Team is here to guide and support you when you and your family are ready. 

Mesa County Dept. of Human Services

510 29 1/2 Road  Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001


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