How Does CCIS Work?
An adult (age 18 or older ) adoptee, birth parent or grandparent, adoptive parent
or custodial grandparent, sibling or half-sibling, or adult descendant, spouse,
legal guardian, adult stepchild, or adopted adult sibling of an
adoptee may petition the court for the services
of a confidential intermediary. An
Motion and Affidavit to Open Adoption File
must be filed in the Colorado court where the
adoption took place. The court will forward
the petition to CCIS. CCIS designates an
intermediary upon availability to conduct a
search. The intermediary then contacts the
petitioner and works directly with him or her
throughout the case.
Under the law, intermediaries are forbidden from disclosing any confidential information. Information gathered from adoption and
relinquishment records is used by intermediaries solely to locate sought-after relatives.
When both the sought-after person and
the person initiating the search give mutual
consent to personally communicate with one
another, contact between the parties can occur
after the court has been notified of the consent
agreement. If the sought-after relative refuses
consent, the records pertaining to the refusing
individual are resealed and the case is closed.