Congratulations, you have your final adoption hearing scheduled. To get to this point, you have had to comply with the Colorado Revised Statute 19-5-202 and 203. These statutes provide the basis for who can adopt and who can be adopted. In addition to the Adoption paperwork, proposed orders, and filings, you will have completed your home study, submitted your Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) background checks, and completed your Department of Human Services TRIALS background check.
You may be nervous about what to expect at the final adoption hearing. Presuming that your case is uncontested, meaning no one is challenging your adoption of the minor child, the process is relatively smooth and often cause for celebration. The courts look forward to a non-contested adoption because it is a rare opportunity for them to be a part of solidifying a family unit. Remember, they are faced with nasty divorces, parenting time disputes, and allegations of abuse and misconduct day in and day out. Your case is what they are looking forward to on their docket that day in terms of something positive and good to focus on.
Where to wait for your case to be called, how formal the proceedings will be and the layout of the courtroom depends on what county your case is filed in and which of the judges you are in front of. It also depends on the age of the minor child. Typically, the courtroom will be closed to anyone except family and those specific people you have invited in support of your adoption. Make sure to be on time and stay close to your courtroom so the division clerk can easily find you and call you in. Try to save the really large group of extended family and friends for the after-party, because there will be one. For the hearing, you also will need to bring the child who is to be adopted. The child may seem nervous or scared, but the judicial officer will usually take off their robe, come down and speak with the family, maybe give them a stuffed animal or certificate, and afterwards even take pictures.