Who can become a CI, and How to Apply to Become One

Any adult who lives in Colorado and is interested may apply to become a confidential intermediary.  However, it is important to consider the financial aspects, time requirements, and emotional impact such work may have, not only on yourself, but on other family members.

Things to consider:

  • CIs are paid $225 per search (except in sliding scale and pro bono cases, when they receive less or no payment).
  • Individual search cases may require an unknown number of hours to complete.  The average is about 10-20 hours, but some are as few as 5, while others are 100 or more.
  • Most CIs find it important to have a computer and internet access in order to perform this work.
  • Much of initial search occurs in the Denver metropolitan area where the majority of records are stored.  As a result, on most cases, some footwork must be conducted in Denver.
  • Not all people who petition for services feel comfortable knowing that the CI has their identifying information and can not reveal this to them.
  • Petitioners may not understand why a search is taking so long and/or want more contact with you that may be difficult to provide.
  • Not all sought-after parties contacted are happy about this or want contact.

Reasons to want to be a CI:

  • This is very rewarding work!  It is wonderful to know that you have been able to make a real positive difference in people's lives.
  • Most of our petitioners and sought-after people are very appreciative of the efforts made on their behalf and verbalize this openly - something one does not often get while performing a job!
  • Most of the people in other professions who are contacted in order to conduct the search are cooperative, interested in this process, and want to help.
  • Much of this work can be done from home by use of the computer and telephone
  • You do not need a background in search or counseling in order to do this work - CCIS will provide all the training that you will need.
  • You do not need any particular educational level in order to qualify as a CI.
  • This job is ideal for people who want to work part time, predominantly from the home, but who do not need to make a steady income.
  • You will learn new things about people and adoption in particular.

How to Apply to Become a CI 

THE FIRST CI CLASS SINCE 2002 WILL BE HELD EVERY SATURDAY IN APRIL, 2014 AND THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY. IF YOU ARE A COLORADO RESIDENT AND HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED A SEARCH OR ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS AND WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A CI, CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 303/237-6919.

OR: send a brief letter stating your interest in becoming a CI to:

CCIS    15400 W 64th Avenue  Unit E-9 #173  Arvada, CO  80007

Make sure that you include your name, address, and telephone number.  If these change before you here from us, please notify us in writing.  Once CCIS is needing additional CIs and plans another set of training sessions, we will send you an application form.  You can determine at that time whether or not you are still interested.

CCIS runs training sessions based upon the projected need for new CIs.  As a result, two or three years may go by without our having a class. 

Classes are often held in the spring and run for five Saturdays in a row, all day.  Prospective CIs are required to attend all classes.  The approximate cost for attendance is $250-$350 (you will be notified at the time of the class).  The student must complete homework assignments, pass quizzes, and pass a final exam.  All approved CIs operate under the auspices of CCIS, it's Board of Directors, and the AIC.