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CO Senate Bill 24-125


State: Colorado
Signed: May 24, 2024

Effective: August 07, 2024
Chapter: TBD


Colorado enacts amendments to the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, which requires a notarized certification for certain child placements involving private adoption agency.


Repeals and reenacts, with amendments, Sections 24-80-1801 through 24-60-1804 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

  1. Enacts amendments to the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children Act.
  2. Defines "certification" to mean to attest, declare, or swear to before a judge, magistrate, or Notary Public.
  3. Requires a certification by a licensed attorney or authorized agent of a private adoption agency that the consent or relinquishment of a child is in compliance with the applicable laws of the sending state, or where permitted, the laws of the state where finalization of the adoption will occur.  

According to the bill summary in Article I of the new law, the purpose of the Compact is to:

  1. Provide a process through which children subject to this compact are placed in safe and suitable homes in a timely manner;
  2. Facilitate ongoing supervision of a placement, the delivery of services, and communication between the states;
  3. Provide operating procedures that will ensure that children are placed in safe and suitable homes in a timely manner;
  4. Provide for promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the compact and regulating the covered activities of the member states;
  5. Provide for uniform data collection and information sharing between member states;
  6. Promote coordination between the compact, the interstate compact for juveniles, the interstate compact on adoption and medical assistance, and other compacts affecting the placement of children and provision of services to children otherwise subject to this compact;
  7. Provide for a state’s continuing legal jurisdiction and responsibility for placement and care of a child that it would have had if the placement were intrastate; and
  8. Provide for the promulgation of guidelines, in collaboration with Indian tribes, for interstate cases involving Indian children as is or may be permitted by federal law.

The new Compact takes effect when 35 states have enacted the provisions of the new Compact. According to the American Public Human Services Association that tracks enactments, as of October 1, 2023, 16 states had enacted the ICPC. Until then, the prior version governs interstate placements.

Read Senate Bill 24-125.