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Foster Care

Foster parents are a finite resource. They are part of the team that helps make a real and lasting difference in the lives of Colorado's families and children. It is everyone's responsibility to support and retain our foster families.

Colorado Kinship Connection
Kinship caregivers are people who are raising are raising a relative's child or adolescent; or, in many situations are raising a child or adolescent that is not related but with whom there is a significant connection and commitment to provide care as long as necessary.  As kinship caregivers you are not alone, and instead you are a member of a large and growing community of caring people in Colorado.

The Colorado Kindship Connection website provides local and statewide information about organizations and programs that may be helpful for kinship caregivers.  The resource information is intended solely for informational purposes and does not imply endorsement by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

National Foster Care Month
The month of May is National Foster Care Month website provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the dedication of the foster families who care for these children and youth and the social workers who support them.  This website provides media kits, tools, and information about events that will occur in each state.  The goal is to reach people all across the nation to get involved as foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways. Colorado's Foster Care Recognition Award has been established to celebrate and recognize outstanding professionals during the month of May in honor of National Foster Care Month.

Foster Care Recognition Award - Microsoft Word version - fill out this form electronically and e-mail your submission; OR

Foster Care Recognition Award - Adobe PDF version - print this form and fax or mail in your nomination.

Change a Life Forever
Colorado's County Departments of Human Services and Social Services are looking for some really special people to be adoptive and foster families.  Becoming an adoptive or foster parent is an important decision that will change your life and that of a child forever.  Hundreds of children in Colorado are waiting for a family.  One of them might be waiting for you. View this website for further information about fostering and adopting children.

Colorado State Foster Parent Association (CSFPA)
Located in Denver, this association is a private not for profit agency which is committed to supporting foster care of children by providing education, advocacy, and resources for Colorado foster parents.

Annie E Casey (AECF)
This organization has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
This organization is dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families. 1200 member agencies provide services in the areas such as adolescent parenting and pregnancy prevention, child abuse prevention, treatment, and adoption.

Administration of Children and Families (ACF)
This organization provides federal oversight of many human services programs, including state child welfare. Their mission is to assist state, tribal and local grantees in addressing the human/social service needs of families and children. They seek to improve the quality of life for families and the prospects for success of their children through goal oriented partnerships and program management.

National Resource Center for Permanency Planning and Family Centered Practice (NRCFCPPP)
This organization contracts with the ACF to provide technical assistance and training to states. The focus is to increase the capacity and resources of State, Tribal, and other publicly supported child welfare agencies to promote family-centered practices that contribute to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children while meeting the needs of their families. The NRCFCPPP helps States and Tribes to implement strategies to expand knowledge, increase competencies, and change attitudes of child welfare professionals at all levels, with the goal of infusing family-centered principles and practices in their work with children, youth and families who enter the child welfare system.

Ansell Casey Lifeskills Inventory
These life skills assessments provide instant feedback to users. Customized learning plans provide a clear outline of next steps, and the accompanying teaching resources are available for free or at a minimal cost. The assessments are appropriate for children/youth from 8-18.

National Foster Parent Association
The National Foster Parent Association is the only national organization which is intended to support foster parents, and provides a on behalf of all children.

Fostering Families Today
This bimonthly magazine is intended for foster and adoptive parents (domestic adoptions). The magazine explores current issues and provides articles and stories that are relevant to foster and adoptive parents.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities
This national foundation’s mission is to help make youth in foster care make smooth transitions into adulthood.

Kids Count
This is is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids is a project of The Children’s Bureau, part of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. In October 2002, The Children’s Bureau contracted with The Adoption Exchange Association and its partners (The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids) to devise and implement a national adoptive family recruitment and retention strategy, operate the AdoptUSKids.org website, encourage and enhance adoptive family support organizations and conduct a variety of adoption research projects.

Mile High Hope
Mile High Hope is a charitable organization organization located in Denver to help youth in foster care through educational scholarships and community involvement. The primary community fundraisers are the annual Mile High Hope Classic, a recreational bike/walk, and the annual Hope Through Art Silent Auction.

FosterClub's mission is to provide encouragement, motivation, information, education, and benefits for foster youth. They discover other successful former foster youth through the "Reach for the Stars" program, send in opinions about personal foster care experience, get recognition for overcoming obstacles, enter  contests (where everyone wins!), and more. The publications give youth tools to help then anticipate and succeed. FosterClub events give youth an opportunity to get involved and grow.

Medicaid Resource Book
This book describes Medicaid programs that support independent living. Each chapter describes a specific benefit or program available through Colorado Medicaid.

Post Institute for Family Centered Therapy
The Stress Model is the theoretical model that explains the root of problematic behavior.

Colorado Department of Education Homepage This link provides access to information about many education related topics such as at risk/prevention programs and documents, school district/BOCES information school performance, laws, and State regulations etc.

Colorado Department of Education Child Abuse Prevention documents This link provides specific information about reporting child abuse, and prevention and intervention documents regarding students.         

For questions regarding Foster Care, please contact Mary Griffin at 303-866-3546.