Form JDF489 "Instructions for a Non-expedited Relinquishment" - Colorado

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR A NON-EXPEDITED RELINQUISHMENT
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal
advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules
and procedures as an attorney.
GENERAL INFORMATION
 The Petitioner must be 18 years of age or older.
 Your case should be filed in the county where you reside or where the child resides. If a child placement
agency is involved, the case may be filed in the county where the child placement agency is located.
 A final order by the court removes the relinquishing parent or parents of all legal rights and obligations they may
have with respect to the child relinquished. It does not modify the child’s status as an heir at law, which stops
only upon a final decree of adoption.
 For additional information, please review §§19-5-100.2. – 19-5-203 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
 If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to access the courts, please contact your local
ADA Coordinator. Contact information can be obtained from the following website:
http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/HR/ADA/Coordinator_List.cfm
COMMON TERMS
 Petition:
Document officially commences the Relinquishment process.
 Petitioner:
The person or persons filing a Petition for Relinquishment.
 Respondent:
The person who files a response to the Petition for Relinquishment.
 Service of Process:
The official means by which a party is notified that a document has been filed
against him/her and provided a copy of the document and a description of the
person’s rights and obligations as a party to the case.
 Diligent Efforts:
Efforts to locate an individual to complete personal service; including contacting
friends, family, business associates; completing an internet search; and attempting
personal service by a process server, police department or sheriff’s office.
 Hearing Date:
The date that the Petitioner, Co-Petitioner/Respondent and child must appear in
Court.
 Return Date:
The date by which the Respondent must file his/her answer (listed on the Notice).
 Relinquishment:
Voluntary consent to the termination of one's parental rights. It is also called
"Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights"
In legal terms, “may” is defined as “optional” or “can”.
 May:
 Shall:
In legal terms, “shall” is defined as “required”.
If you do not understand this information, please contact an attorney
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR A NON-EXPEDITED RELINQUISHMENT
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal
advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules
and procedures as an attorney.
GENERAL INFORMATION
 The Petitioner must be 18 years of age or older.
 Your case should be filed in the county where you reside or where the child resides. If a child placement
agency is involved, the case may be filed in the county where the child placement agency is located.
 A final order by the court removes the relinquishing parent or parents of all legal rights and obligations they may
have with respect to the child relinquished. It does not modify the child’s status as an heir at law, which stops
only upon a final decree of adoption.
 For additional information, please review §§19-5-100.2. – 19-5-203 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
 If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to access the courts, please contact your local
ADA Coordinator. Contact information can be obtained from the following website:
http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/HR/ADA/Coordinator_List.cfm
COMMON TERMS
 Petition:
Document officially commences the Relinquishment process.
 Petitioner:
The person or persons filing a Petition for Relinquishment.
 Respondent:
The person who files a response to the Petition for Relinquishment.
 Service of Process:
The official means by which a party is notified that a document has been filed
against him/her and provided a copy of the document and a description of the
person’s rights and obligations as a party to the case.
 Diligent Efforts:
Efforts to locate an individual to complete personal service; including contacting
friends, family, business associates; completing an internet search; and attempting
personal service by a process server, police department or sheriff’s office.
 Hearing Date:
The date that the Petitioner, Co-Petitioner/Respondent and child must appear in
Court.
 Return Date:
The date by which the Respondent must file his/her answer (listed on the Notice).
 Relinquishment:
Voluntary consent to the termination of one's parental rights. It is also called
"Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights"
In legal terms, “may” is defined as “optional” or “can”.
 May:
 Shall:
In legal terms, “shall” is defined as “required”.
If you do not understand this information, please contact an attorney
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FEES
No filing fee is required. Other fees that a party to the case may encounter are as follows:
Copy of Documents
$ .75 per page
Certification Fee
$20.00 per document
FORMS
and click on the “Forms” tab. The packet/forms are
To access a form online go to
www.courts.state.co.us
available in PDF or WORD by selecting “Juvenile – Relinquishment – Non-Expedited”. You may complete a
form online or you print it and type or print legibly in black ink. You may need all or some of these forms. Read
these instructions carefully to determine what forms you may need.
JDF 452
Petition for Relinquishment
JDF 453
Affidavit of Relinquishment Counseling
JDF 484
Affidavit of Diligent Efforts for Relinquishment
JDF 485
Motion for Publication of Notice
JDF 487
Order for Publication of Relinquishment
JDF 488
Order for Relinquishment
JDF 490
Notice to Terminate Parent-Child Legal Relationship
Relinquishment Interrogatory – Father
JDF 512
Relinquishment Interrogatory – Mother
JDF 513
JDF 520
Petition to Terminate the Parent-Child Legal Relationship
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
These documents may be also be required by the court so make sure you have them available.
Birth Certificate or copy of application for birth certificate
Relinquishment Counseling Report
Disclosure statement for any payments received including the source of the payment
Adoptive Family Assessment
Social/medical Histories
STEPS TO FILING YOUR CASE
Step 1:
Complete appropriate forms.
Please refer to the list of required forms above to determine which forms must be submitted when filing your case
based on your individual circumstances.
The caption below needs to be completed on all adoption JDF forms
submitted to the Court.
District Court
Denver Juvenile Court
_____________________County, Colorado
Court Address:
In the Matter of the Petition of:
_____________________________________________Mother and
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_____________________________________________ Father
Adjudicated
Alleged
Presumed
COURT USE ONLY
Petitioner
Co-Petitioner
For the Relinquishment of a Child _______________________________ (child’s name)
Attorney or Party Without Attorney (Name and Address):
Case Number:
Print your name and address here if you are representing yourself.
Phone Number:
E-mail:
Division
Courtroom
FAX Number:
Atty. Reg. #:
NAME OF FORM
Petition for Relinquishment (JDF 452):
Please complete all sections on this form.
The Petition can be completed by either parent or can be completed by both parents.
Attach a copy of the birth certificate or a copy of the application.
The Petition must be signed in the presence of a Court Clerk or Notary Public.
Affidavit of Relinquishment Counseling (JDF 453):
Please complete all sections on this form.
Each parent will need to complete this form, if applicable.
The Affidavit must be signed in the presence of a Court Clerk of Notary Public.
Relinquishment Interrogatory – Father (JDF 512) and/or Relinquishment Interrogatory – Mother (JDF
513): The questions on this form may be asked at the hearing.
Please complete all sections on the appropriate form.
The form must be signed in the presence of a Court Clerk of Notary Public.
Petition to Terminate the Parent-Child Legal Relationship (JDF 520):
If only one parent is filing the Petition to Relinquish (JDF 452), or the other parent refuses to come to court or
cannot be identified, Colorado law allows the Petitioner to file a Petition to Terminate Parent-Child Legal
Relationship.
By filing this Petition and upon an Order by the Court to Terminate the Parent-Child Legal
Relationship, the child will be available for adoption.
If applicable, please complete all sections.
The form must be signed in the presence of a Court Clerk of Notary Public.
Step 2:
File documents with the Court.
Provide the Court with the Petition and applicable forms as identified in Step 1. If any of the forms have not been
signed in the presence of a Notary Public, you will sign the Petition and other documents before the Clerk at this
time. Check with the Court to determine if they require all completed forms at the time of filing and if they have any
additional filing requirements.
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Step 3:
Serve the Documents Identified in Step 1 only if both parents did not file as
Petitioner/Co-Petitioner.
It is important that you have the other parent served as quickly as possible. Service options:
Personal Service:
Select the Sheriff’s Department, a private process server, or someone you know over the age of 18 who is
not involved in the case, and who knows the rules of service to serve the Respondent.
Provide the process server with the Petition and other documents.
The process server will need to return the completed return of service to the Court for filing, or return it to
you to bring and file with the Court.
Service by Mail or Publication:
If you do not know where the other parent is or who the other parent is, you will need to use this method of
service and should file these forms with the Court as soon as possible. You must make diligent efforts to locate
the other parent before selecting this option for service.
Affidavit of Diligent Efforts for Relinquishment (JDF 484).
Complete all sections and please do not alter this form as the Court must have complete information
regarding efforts made to locate the other parent.
Identify in your own words, stating the last known address and/or any efforts made to contact or locate
the other birth parent. Keep return receipts, registered mail slips, and any returned mail you might
have. This documentation should be attached to your Affidavit.
Motion for Publication of Notice (JDF 485).
Complete all sections on this form.
Order for Publication of Relinquishment (JDF 487).
Complete caption only on this form.
Provide pre-addressed stamped envelopes for you and the other parent at his/her last known address.
Note: Once you receive the Order for Publication, it is your responsibility to provide the appropriate newspaper
agency with a copy of the Order of Publication and the Notice to Terminate Parent-Child Legal Relationship.
Service by publication will be in a newspaper published in the county where the action is filed or as ordered by
the Court. You are responsible for all publication costs.
Once publication of the Notice to Terminate has been completed, the newspaper agency will provide you with a
clipping of the publication along with an Affidavit of Publication. It is your responsibility to provide this
information to the Court. This proof is necessary for the relinquishment hearing to proceed.
Step 4:
Be prepared for your Relinquishment Hearing.
Submit the following forms to the Clerk prior to the hearing, unless submitted to the Court at the time of filing. The
documents will be signed at the end of the hearing.
Final Order of Relinquishment (JDF 488).
Complete caption only on this form.
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