A child becomes available for adoption when a court has terminated the rights of a child’s birth parents, or those rights have been relinquished. Local adoptive parents are trained foster parents for the children of Grand County who have completed the Foster-Care/Adoption Certification Process in order to adopt. It is important to note that once a child is adopted, they are a part of your family permanently and legally.


The process of becoming an adoptive parent is similar to the process of becoming a foster parent. Contact the foster care coordinator in the Grand County Department of Social Services to set up a meeting. The coordinator will help you learn more and guide you through the process of certification when you are ready. There are several straight forward steps to becoming a foster-to-adopt parent:

  • Contact the foster care coordinator in Grand County
  • Complete and submit an application and all required documents
  • Attend the state-mandated foster parent training class
  • Participate in a comprehensive foster family assessment, performed by the Grand County foster care coordinator

More Information

To learn more about becoming a foster parent, please contact Foster Care Coordinator Nichole Fuqua at 970-725-3331, ext. 107.