The Process

  • Apply to Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) Submit necessary paperwork to initiate direct services in Colorado. Complete an application with the International Primary Agency of your choice.
  • Complete the Home Study process with LFSRM. This includes: home visits, reference checks, background checks, and physicals.
    • Attend our 2-day training class for adoptive families (Colorado requires 16 hours of face-to-face training)
  • Upon completion of your home study, LFSRM will submit your written Home Study to:
    • Your International Adoption Agency
    • State of Colorado (ICPC) for approval
    • USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) for approval
  • Work with your International Adoption Agency to finalize all international paperwork. This includes the Dossier, in order to send to the country from which you are adopting.
  • Wait for referral of a child or travel to the country to meet a child (country dependent.)
  • Travel to country to pick up your child and return to the U.S.

Post Placement

  • Complete post-placement supervision with your LFSRM counselor. This will vary based on specific state and country requirements.
  • Minimum of 3 post placement visits
  • Ongoing support for you and your family when you need it
  • Self Reports

Finalization/Re-Validation

  • Re-validate or finalize adoption (country dependent) in the State of Colorado through the court system in order to receive a U.S. Birth Certificate for your child.

For any questions or clarifications, please contact us at 303.217.5863 or send us an email.

LFSRM International Adoption Fees
International Adoption Fee Worksheet
Additional Information
LFSRM International Disclosure/Contract

The Annual Report for the State of Colorado is available on request. The report covers the last three calendar years. It includes the number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, the percentage of placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or are dissolved.