Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements - Colorado

Date: July 2020

Use of Advertisement

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-5-213.5

The term 'advertise through a public medium' means to communicate by any public medium such as a newspaper, periodical, telephone book listing, outdoor advertising sign, radio, television, or computerized communication system, including an internet site, an internet profile, or any similar medium of communication provided via the internet.

It is unlawful to advertise through a public medium for any of the following purposes:

  • To find a child to adopt or to otherwise take permanent physical custody of a child
  • To find an adoptive home or any other permanent physical placement for a child or to arrange for or assist in the adoption, adoptive placement, or any other permanent physical placement of a child
  • To offer to place a child for adoption or in any other permanent physical placement with another person

This section does not apply to the following:

  • An employee of the State Department of Human Services, a county department of human or social services, or a licensed child-placing agency
  • An individual or agency that provides adoption information through the statewide adoption resource registry
  • An adoption exchange whose membership includes county departments and licensed child-placing agencies that provide information and referral services to find adoptive homes and to promote adoption
  • An individual who has received a favorable home study recommendation regarding his or her fitness to be an adoptive parent
  • An attorney who is licensed to practice in Colorado who advertises his or her availability to practice or provide services relating to the adoption of children

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-5-213

No person--other than an adoption exchange whose membership includes county departments and child placement agencies, a licensed child placement agency, or a county department--shall offer, give, charge, or receive any money or other consideration or thing of value in connection with locating or identifying for purposes of adoption any child, natural parent, expectant natural parent, or prospective adoptive parent.

Physicians and attorneys may charge reasonable fees for professional services customarily performed by such persons.