2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 19 - Children's Code
Article 5 - Relinquishment and Adoption
Part 3 - Access to Adoption Information
§ 19-5-301. Legislative declaration

CO Rev Stat ยง 19-5-301 (2016) What's This?

(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that adult adoptees, adoptive parents, biological parents, and biological siblings should have a right of access to certain records regarding their or their child's adoption or the adoption of their offspring or siblings as outlined in section 19-5-305 and that such a right must coexist with the right of such parties to privacy and confidentiality. The general assembly also finds that an adult adoptee, his biological or adoptive parent, or his biological sibling may desire to obtain information about each other at different points in time. Furthermore, the general assembly finds that confidentiality from the general public is essential to the adoption process and that any procedure to access information which relates to an adoption to search for unknown relatives through a confidential intermediary or a licensed child placement agency must be designed to maintain confidentiality and to respect the wishes of all involved parties.

(2) (a) It is the purpose of this part 3 to establish a confidential process whereby adult adoptees and adoptive parents who desire information concerning their or their child's adoption and biological parents and siblings who desire information concerning an adult adoptee may pursue access to such information.

(b) The general assembly further finds and declares that the purpose of establishing the confidential process set forth in this part 3 is to create a pool of individuals who the courts and interested parties may call upon to initiate a search for a biological relative. It is not the intent of the general assembly that such process shall be construed as the regulation of an occupation or profession.

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