It is the policy of the Colorado Department of Human Services ("the State Department") to promote and encourage child care in environments that contribute to the safety, health, protection and well-being of children. To verify compliance with standards intended to ensure such an environment, the State Department requires thorough and ongoing appraisals of child care facilities, persons working in the child care profession, and the nature of care provided.
"Child Placement Agency" defined at Section 26-6-102(2), C.R.S., means any corporation, partnership, association, firm, agency, institution, or person unrelated to the child being placed, who places, facilitates placement for a fee, or who arranges for placement, any child under the age of eighteen (18) years with any family, person, or institution for the purposes of foster care, treatment and/or adoption. The natural or adoptive parents or legal guardian of any child who places that child for care with any facility licensed as a “family care home” or “child care center,” as defined by this section, shall not be deemed to be a CPA.
The links below contain the information and forms you need to apply for a license to operate a Child Placement Agency. It is very important for you to complete all of the application requirements. Allow approximately ninety (90) days to become licensed after the Division of Child Care receives your completed application packet. Child care rules and finger print cards may be ordered from State Forms.
A completed application package and licensing fee must be submitted to the Division of Child Care at least 90 days prior to the proposed opening date of the facility. After approval of the application package, a licensing specialist schedules an inspection of the facility, and determines whether or not a license should be issued. Applicants, owners, and employees of licensed child care facilities must also submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a Criminal Background Check, and their names must be checked against the Central Registry of Child Protection. Fingerprint cards are used to obtain criminal record checks from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The same card is used for both criminal background checks.
PLEASE DO NOT FOLD THE FINGERPRINT CARDS. If more fingerprint cards are needed, contact the Division of Child Care, Colorado Department of Human Services at 303-866-5958 or 1-800-799-5876.
Licensing Fees: Please make out a check or money order, payable to the Colorado Department of Human Services, to cover the application fee. Please see the fee schedule.
FBI and CBI Fingerprint fees: Please submit a check with the fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 690 Kipling, Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80215. NOTE: Please maintain a copy of the final fingerprint cards for your personnel files.
Background Investigation Unit Facility Inquiry Form: This form must be completed for each adult that provides care for children, which includes permanent substitute(s) and for any adult age 18 years or older living in the provider's home. The completed form must be accompanied by a SEPARATE check or money order for $33.00, made payable to CDHS, BIU Records and Reports. Include the completed form and check with your application packet.
After the Division of Child Care receives the items above and processes your application, a licensing specialist will contact you to set-up a time to inspect your facility to verify that you have complied with all of the licensing rules and regulations.
If you have additional questions, please call 303-866-5958 or 1-800-799-5876 to speak with a licensing specialist.
Child Placement Agency Annual Financial Audit Forms:
Other Child Placement Agency Forms: