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IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Welfare Services was awarded a Title IV-E Demonstration Waiver on October 23, 2012 by the Children’s BureauThe waiver will build on four initiatives already in place in Colorado counties: Differential Response, Permanency by Design, the Colorado Practice Model, and the Collaborative Management Program. The Title IV-E waiver allows five interventions to build on the initiatives. The five interventions are: Family Engagement, Permanency Roundtables, Trauma-Informed Assessment, Trauma-Informed Treatment, and Kinship Supports.


Goals of the Title IV-E Waiver are:

  • Increased permanency for infants, children and youth by:

    • reducing time in foster placements, and

    • promoting successful transition to adulthood for older youth

  • Increase positive outcomes for infants, children, youth, and families in their homes and communities, including tribal communities, and improve the safety and well-being of infants, children and youth

  • Prevent child abuse and neglect and the re-entry of infants, children and youth into foster care

Through evidence-based interventions and fidelity to the models, the Title IV-E Waiver seeks to:

  • Decrease lengths of stay for:

    • children and youth in care twelve months or longer and

    • youth 16 years and older (initially) with a permanency goal of Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (OPPLA)

  • Decrease the use of congregate care

  • Increase the appropriate use of trauma-informed assessments and trauma-informed treatment throughout Colorado

  • Decrease over-reliance on psychotropic medications for children and youth in out-of-home care

  • Decrease the large number of short-term placements with front-end loading of services and supports

  • Increase stability in out-of-home care, thereby reducing the number of moves while in care

  • Reduce the number of entries and re-entries into out-of-home care

The Title IV-E Waiver is a five-year project. “All 64 counties will participate in the waiver, with some becoming more active earlier in the waiver than others, and with each county having the option to target its waiver interventions most appropriate for its population and community environment.” Family Engagement will be state-wide by the end of the five years. Trauma-Informed Assessment and Trauma-Informed Treatment will be statewide beginning July 1, 2014. Counties/regions will implement Permanency Roundtables and Kinship Supports as they are able.

Year 2 Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project Application Process

Colorado's IV-E Waiver Application to the Administration for Children and Families

Year 1 Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project County Participation Maps 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Title IV-E Waiver Fact Sheet

Service Interventions and Key Initiatives

Terms and Conditions

Evaluation Plan