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Core Services Program

Core Services Program Administrator: 

Melinda S. Cox
Office of Child & Family Services

Division of Child Welfare


History of the Core Services Program

In C.R.S. 265.5103 "family preservation services" are defined to mean assistance that focuses on family strengths includes services that empower a family by providing alternative problem-solving techniques, child-rearing practices, and responses to living situations creating stress for the family.  This includes resources that are available as support systems for the family.  The Core Services Program meets these requirements.


C.R.S. 26-5.3-103(2) states such services are to be provided to children "at imminent risk of being placed out-of-home".  This means that without intercession a child would have been placed out of home immediately.  Core Services are provided to children at imminent risk of out-of-home placement and their families.

Core Services Annual Report 2012 - 2013

Core Services Annual Report 2011 - 2012

Core Services Annual Report 2010-2011

Core Services Annual Report 2008 - 2009

Core Services Annual Report 2007 - 2008

Core Services Annual Report 2006 - 2007
Core Services Annual Report 2005 - 2006

Core Services Annual Report 2004 - 2005 

 Program History and Allocations 

Core Services in Detail

Home Based Intervention:

Services provided primarily in home of the client and includes a variety of services, which can include therapeutic services, concrete services, collateral services and crisis intervention directed to meet the needs of the child and family.  See Section 7.303.14 for service elements of therapeutic, concrete, collateral, and crisis intervention.


Intensive Family Therapy:

Therapeutic intervention typically with all family members to improve family communication, functioning, and relationships.


Life Skills:

Services provided primarily in the home that teach household management, effectively accessing community resources, parenting techniques, and family conflict management.


Day Treatment:

Comprehensive, highly structured services that provide education to children and therapy to children and their families.


Sexual Abuse Treatment:

Therapeutic intervention designed to address issues and behaviors related to sexual abuse victimization, sexual dysfunction, sexual abuse perpetration, and to prevent further sexual abuse and victimization.


Special Economic Assistance:

Emergency financial assistant of not more that $400 per family per year in the form of cash and/or vendor payment to purchase hard services.  See Section 7.303.14 for service elements of hard services.


Mental Health Services: 

Diagnostic and/or therapeutic services to assist in the development of the family services plan, to assess and/or improve family communication, functioning, and relationships.


Substance Abuse Treatment Services:

Diagnostic and/or therapeutic services to assist in the development of the family service plan, to assess and/or improve family communication, functioning and relationships, and to prevent further abuse of drugs or alcohol.


Aftercare Services:

Any of the Core Services provided to prepare a child for reunification with his/her family or other permanent placement and to prevent future out-of-home placement of the child.


County Designed Services:

An optional service tailored by the specific county in meeting the needs of families and children in the community in order to prevent the out-of-home placement of children or facilitate reunification or another form of permanence.

Evidence based services to adolescence

  • Has grown from $1.5 million last fiscal year to $3.0 million FY 2004-2005
  • Request for Proposal Application Process


Agency Letter # CW-04-22-A:  2004-2005 Core Services $3 million Expansion of Services Allocation, Trails Service Types, and CFMS Codes for County Staff Costs, July 23, 2004


Colorado's Maintenance Of Effort Sources

Colorado Works Program

  • County Block Grant
  • State Department Functions

Child Welfare

  • Child Welfare Block
  • Core Services Program

Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)


revised 07.10.13