Custer County Department of Human Services

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Foster Care/Adoption

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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 Custer 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 Custer County Department of Human 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 Custer 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 Custer County foster care coordinator

More Information

To learn more about becoming a foster parent, please contact the Foster Care Coordinator Stacey Schoch at (719) 783-2371.
   Contact Us

Stacey Schoch
Foster Care/Adoption
(719) 783-2371

205 S. 6th Street
P.O. Box 929
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Phone: 719-783-2371
Fax: 719-783-0163

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

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