2021 Colorado Code
Title 19 - Children's Code
Article 5 - Relinquishment and Adoption
Part 2 - Adoption
§ 19-5-209. Petition - Written Home Study Reports

Universal Citation: CO Code § 19-5-209 (2021)
  1. Except for stepparent adoptions, kinship adoptions, custodial adoptions, and those cases in which placement for adoption has been made by the court, if a petition for the adoption of a child is not accompanied by the written consent and home study report of the qualified county department of human or social services, individual, or a licensed child placement agency approved by the state department of human services pursuant to section 19-5-207.5 (2), the court shall order the county department of human or social services, individual, or licensed child placement agency to make an investigation and file a written home study report substantially in the form outlined in section 19-5-207 (2), including a recommendation as to whether the adoption should be decreed.
  2. In adoptions where a child placement agency or county department has legal guardianship during the interval between initial placement and the final order of adoption, the child placement agency or county department shall supervise the placement with prospective adoptive parents and the child. The court, after notice to all parties in interest and hearing thereon, may, for good cause, terminate said placement if, at any time prior to the final decree of adoption, it appears to the court that said adoption is not in the best interest of the child.

History. Source: L. 87: Entire title R&RE, p. 809, § 1, effective October 1. L. 99: (1) amended, p. 1023, § 3, effective May 29; (1) amended, p. 1064, § 6, effective June 1. L. 2018: (1) amended,(SB 18-092), ch. 38, p. 432, § 75, effective August 8.

Editor's note:
  1. This section was contained in a title that was repealed and reenacted in 1987. Provisions of this section, as it existed in 1987, are similar to those contained in 19-4-111 as said section existed in 1986, the year prior to the repeal and reenactment of this title.
  2. Amendments to subsection (1) by House Bill 99-1218 and House Bill 99-1299 were harmonized.
Cross references:

For the legislative declaration in SB 18-092, see section 1 of chapter 38, Session Laws of Colorado 2018.


Law reviews. For article, “Substantive Changes in Adoption and Relinquishment Law in Colorado”, see 16 Colo. Law. 2183 (1987).

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