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Adoption usually involves the legal termination of a birth parent or parents' parental rights and responsibilities in relation to a child, and the assumption of parental rights and responsibilities by an adoptive parent or parents.
However, there are many types of adoption, including those that involve adults.
Closely related, foster care is the placement of a child into the legal custody or authority of a county department of human/social services for physical placement in a certified or licensed facility or foster home.
Foster parents provide a temporary home to a child while issues with the child's birth family are resolved, guardianship or adoption by kin is completed, or until the child is available for adoption.
Understanding the law and processes involved in adoption and foster care can be difficult.
This guide’s purpose is to aid the public and Colorado librarians in researching adoption, foster parenting, and related issues. The guide identifies key areas and related resources, including both print and free online resources.
Please remember that this guide is not an exhaustive list of materials or resources.
Google provides an easy to use search engine for finding information on the Internet. For example, you could search for "Adoption Colorado" to pull up some of the resources that are listed elsewhere in this guide. When using Google, or any other search engine, it is important to remember that you will find both reliable and unreliable sources of information. The following questions will help you evaluate the reliability of information you find online.