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What Is a Custodial Adoption?

Denver Adoption Lawyer Answering Your Questions

In Colorado, a custodial “parent” takes care of the physical well-being of a child. In cases where a child has been abandoned or left unsupported, a relative or extended family member may step in to provide shelter and care for the child. Custodial adoptions require a knowledge of complex law. At Karin Johnson Chatfield LLC, I have the legal skills to walk you through the process and draft paperwork based on your individual circumstances.

Call 720-386-5511 to schedule a free case consultation with a qualified adoption lawyer in Denver.


Childhood is a delicate and sensitive time. To give a child the best chances possible later in life, they require the caring support of a stable home. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, whether due to death, neglect, or other worst case scenarios. A custodial adoption may allow the child to get the support and care they need to have a brighter future. When deciding whether to approve a custodial adoption, the court will consider the child’s best interests.

Though a child’s best interests are not legally defined by the state, the court may look at:

  • Family relationships
  • The child’s performance in school
  • If basic needs are being met
  • Injuries or mental abuse
  • The stability of the home environment

When a family member steps in to take care of a child, they could face liability, despite their best intentions. Going through the process of a legal adoption is therefore your best option to protect you and the child. As a Denver family law attorney, I can guide you through this process and ensure your rights are safeguarded.

Helping families throughout Denver

For over 30 years, I have served clients in the surrounding counties, including Adams, Douglas, and Jefferson. I am dedicated to helping you through this delicate process by listening to your concerns and turning them into positive actions.

At Karin Johnson Chatfield LLC, I put the needs of children first. Contact me to learn how I may be able to help.

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