The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced today that Denver and Jefferson counties have joined a statewide program to help families prevent child abuse and neglect.
SafeCare Colorado helps families with children ages 0-5 years who are at risk of becoming part of the child protection system. The home visitation program teaches skills that address home safety, parenting, and children’s health needs. 600 families will receive help during the program’s inaugural year.
In September, CDHS announced that 15 counties and two American Indian tribes across Colorado would participate in the prevention program. Denver and Jefferson counties’ proposals fit within the existing SafeCare Colorado budget, effectively and efficiently stretching dollars to help more people.
SafeCare Colorado is the next step forward in Colorado’s Child Welfare Plan "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0." CDHS is partnering with The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at Children’s Hospital Colorado, referral agencies, and providers.
Denver and Jefferson counties join Cheyenne, Dolores, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Morgan, Phillips, San Juan, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma, and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes.