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Foster and adoption licensing requirements
Costs to foster and adopt
The cost to foster or adopt often depends on the type of child placement agency used. Colorado is an agency state, which means you must use either a private or a county child placement agency. Private child placement agencies provide adoption licensing services for a fee of $1,800 to $3,500. View a list of private child placement agencies in Colorado.
Private placement agencies will place waiting children in the foster care system in an adoptive placement. When contacting private agencies please specify you want to adopt from foster care to ensure you receive the correct information.
The difference between adopting through a private agency and a county agency is primarily cost and the ages of children available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a child younger than 5 years old, you will likely work with a private agency. You are free to inquire about children from anywhere in the United States once your home study is complete. Your home study is valid for one year.
When working with a private agency you are free to inquire about children from anywhere in the United States once your home study is completed. Your homestudy is valid for one year.
Agency contact and orientation information
Attend a free informational meeting
If you are interested in learning more about foster care or the adoption process, it is highly recommended that you attend one of our free monthly foster care orientation meetings. Foster care orientation is offered in two sessions the second Tuesday of every month, from 9-11 a.m. to 5-7 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Pueblo at 201 W. 8th Street, Pueblo, CO 81003.
Parent support groups
Many families tell us that one of the best sources of information about adopting or being a foster parent is other families.
- Find real stories about adoption and foster care on the Adopt US Kids’ YouTube channel.
- Connect with a community of more than 190,000 families sharing questions, advice, and experiences on our Facebook page.
- Find a local foster parent in your neighborhood.
Parents who have fostered and adopted share their motivations, doubts, and lessons learned in this AdoptUSKids video.
Information on children waiting in Pueblo County
Most of the children in Colorado's public child welfare system range in age from 2 to 18. Abuse, neglect, or other family issues prevent them from living with their birth parents.
Some of these children may be referred to as having "special needs" because they:
- Are 5 years of age or older
- Part of sibling group who must be placed together
- Are African American or Hispanic
- Have developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome
- Have other physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
In 2016, there were 158 kids placed in the Pueblo County Foster Program. Currently, there are only 37 certified foster homes in Pueblo County.
There is high-demand for foster parents for older teens, sibling groups, as well as drug-exposed infants and teens statewide. In Pueblo, there is also a high-demand for foster-parents in the 81004 zip code, which has the highest number of removals and the lowest number of certified foster-homes. Case workers make every effort to place kids in the same neighborhood as the home they were removed from so they are not also uprooted from their friends, school and culture.
Discover how to become a foster parent or adoptive parent and make a positive difference in a child's life.
Foster Care: 719.583.6909
Foster Care Orientation
WHEN: 2nd Tuesday of Each Month
9-11 a.m. or 5-7 p.m.
SIGN-UP BY CALLING: 719.583.6884
Report Child Abuse or neglect
1-844-CO-4-KIDS or 1-844-264-5437