Adoptee & birth parent search

To obtain adoptive records:

The Colorado Department of Human Services can release adoption record information (if located) to adoptees or other eligible parties, who are at least 18 years of age. Colorado Revised Statute §19-5-305 details how adoption records may be accessed by adoptees and other eligible parties. Local county departments of human/social services may also have adoptive records. Please contact CDHS at to request an adoption record.                                        


The Colorado Confidential Intermediary program is a court-appointed search service that allows a certified Confidential Intermediary (CI) access to closed/sealed adoption files. Upon court appointment, the CI will review the sealed records, search for eligible biological family members, and reunite adult biological family members. Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) §19-5-305, eligible person(s) can petition the court for a Certified Confidential Intermediary. 

Certified Confidential Intermediary Contacts

Each Confidential Intermediary is trained per the Colorado Adoption Commission approved curriculum and has a personal connection to the Adoption/Triad community. Each intermediary is unique in their experiences, investigative skills, adaptation, and sensitivity to adoption issues. Eligible person(s) may select the Confidential Intermediary of their choice. NOTE: The Confidential Intermediary Program is a fee-based search service. Contact a CI for more information. 

 Brenda Hudson Retrum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Kid-Friendly Adoption Services LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Email:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Phone: 303-332-5641                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Certified CI since 2015

Candice Rizzuto                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NOCO Confidential Intermediary LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      COIRS Colorado Investigative Resource Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Web:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Email:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Phone: 970-686-5668
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The Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry, located at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will release information if both parties register. The purpose of the voluntary registry is to facilitate contact between adult adoptees (who were born in Colorado), siblings/half-siblings, and their birth parent(s). They also facilitate voluntary contact between a former foster child who may or may not have been adopted, who's 18 or older, and who is searching for a birth sibling who is 18 or older, who may or may not have been adopted and who may or may not have been in the foster care system. Relatives of deceased adoptees and relatives of deceased birth parents also can register. Relatives include spouse, birth parent, adoptive parent, sibling, or a child who is 21 years or older. How to apply: All parties must submit a notarized Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry Application, photocopy of a valid ID, non-refundable processing fee and proof of relationship.

Other Resources


Colorado State Archives can also be contacted to request records at 303-866-2358, or by using this form

Adoption Search Resource Connection (ASRC), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing no-cost search assistance and emotional support for adult adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents seeking insight into the adoptee and birth parent experience. They are an all-volunteer group passionate about their mission to bring Truth, Education, Advocacy, Community and Healing to those impacted by relinquishment, adoption and foster care. A wide range of resources, included links to recommended reading, music, therapy resources, and community are available.   

To obtain the adoptee’s original Birth Certificate only please contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. CDHS does not have access to birth certificates.

CUB (Concerned United Birthparents), a national nonprofit support group not limited to birth parents but all members of the adoption circle.

ALMA (Adoptees Liberation Movement Association), computerized matching service of adoptees with birth parents who are registered.

International Soundex Reunion Registry, computerized matching service of adoptees with birth parents or siblings who are registered. Must be at least 18 years old to register.

To obtain the adoptee’s original Birth Certificate only please contact Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Colorado State Archives can also be contacted to request records at 303-866-2358, or by using this form.

If not you, then who?
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.