FAQs

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Adoption is complex and unique to each person walking through the experience. However, there are common questions as people start to explore what adoption might look like for them. Below are some questions and answers about children ready for adoption that often come up at Adoption Options. We hope these are helpful!

What is a Flexible Family?
A licensed foster home with a high degree of flexibility who is willing to work with county, state, and other professionals involved with you in care. These families are willing to work with children with special needs and varying degrees of trauma experiences.

What does ‘special needs mean?
We consider all of our youth in care to have special needs by virtue of them being removed from their family of origin. Special needs are specific to each individual child and are part of a much larger conversation. All youth in care have experienced trauma and need to be parented with trauma informed care.

Who can apply to the Flexible Families Program?

  • Single applicants
  • Same-sex couples
  • Domestic partners
  • Older couples
  • Minority couples
  • First-time parents
  • Experienced parents

What are the training requirements?
All applicants must complete 27 hours of pre-service training and Adult, Child and Infant CPR & First Aid. We require families to complete our Trauma Linked Caregiving 6-week course, which is held one evening a week from 6-9pm, 4 times per year.

Why would a family go through the Flexible Families Program versus a county program?
We encourage families to investigate their local county programs. There is a great need for foster parents in Colorado! Many counties require that families foster first or foster only. The Flexible Families program goal is to focus on the youth in care who are awaiting adoptive homes. We work with all 64 counties in Colorado to provide foster-to-adopt homes for these youths. We also work out of state and currently have contracts with 7 different states to provide placement.

Are there fees for the flexible Families Program?
Yes. We ask that families attend an Information Night and schedule a one-on-one meeting with a program representitive to get an in-depth understanding of the fee structure.

Can we adopt children under the age of five?
Yes. However, children in this age range are not the average age range of children we see within the Flexible Families Program. Families wishing to adopt children under the age of five must be open to varying degrees of legal risk.

What is the average age range of children needing adoptive families?
The average range for children who are legally freed for adoption is 8-13 years old.

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JJ was in the foster care system for 6 years, 3 homes, and one failed adoption before Adoption Options and her permanent family came into the story.

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