Laws & Legislation
Landmark Changes in Colorado Law
We honor and thank the 2014-2015 Colorado General Assembly for the following seven enacted bills -- six of which passed unanimously:
SB 14-051 (Adult adoptee and certain others access to adoption records);
SB 14-062 (Reinstatement of parent-child legal relationship);
HB 14-1042 (Birth parent access to relinquishment records);
HB 14-1372 (Concerning unauthorized advertising for adoption purposes);
HB 15-1106 (Clarify access to unredacted adoption records);
HB 15-1282 (Criminal penalty for false information on birth certificate);
HB 15-1355 (Access to sibling information for former wards of the state).
Read the historic landmark Court of Appeals Ruling in re J.N.H. 209 P. 3d 1221 (Colo. App 2009) that granted access to records to adoptee Jeff Hannasch and for adoptions finalized between 1951 and 1967.
View links to federal and state adoption laws
Adult adoptees of Native American ancestry can also seek tribal affiliation
information through provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, Sections 1917 and 1951. The US Supreme Court affirmed that non-custodial fathers' rights were limited under NICWA in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl