There are few limitations on who can be a foster or adoptive parent, although everyone must pass a background check, complete training and receive a home study from a county human service department or child placement agency. The training and certification process prepares you to provide a temporary home for a child or teen who can no longer live at home due to safety concerns. The goal of foster care is to return home. When that isn't possible, we look for families to adopt children and teens and to be a loving, permanent family. Most children and teens who are adopted are adopted by their foster parent(s). Learn more.
Colorado welcomes and encourages members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or sometimes questioning, two-spirit (LGBTQ2) community to become foster and adoptive parents. Colorado does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. You can be married, single, or living with a partner or friend. You can be a first-time parent or an experienced parent. You can own your home or condo or you can rent. All that matters is you’re ready to make a difference for a child or teen at a time in their life when they need you the most.
LGBTQ2 children and teens in foster care
On an average day in Colorado, 14 children or teens enter foster care because their parents need time to learn new skills and address safety concerns. National research shows us that young people who identify as LGBTQ2 are overrepresented within foster care. These children and teens experience foster care for many of the same reasons as other young people in care, but they potentially have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Every child and teen deserves a nurturing, affirming family that provides them with a safe place to process their feelings of grief and loss, the freedom to express who they are, and the support they need to become responsible, happy and healthy adults.
We sponsor booths at Pride festivals to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families. We partner with county departments of human services and child placement agencies to share resources and answer questions. Find the contact information of a county or CPA that participated in a 2018 Pride festival. These groups can help you become a foster or adoptive parent.
Parents and child welfare professionals, find research, local resources, organizations and more to help you affirm young people who identify as LGBTQ and to support parents who are LGBTQ. Find resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fostering can be the most rewarding and most challenging work that you ever do. We know there are many questions about the foster care system, the process to become a foster parent and what to expect once you have become a foster parent. These frequently asked questions and answers are a good place to start. Get answers to common questions.