The Colorado Department of Human Service has received a federal grant to build capacity in the state's child welfare system to prevent homelessness among at-risk teenagers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families awarded $646,000 over two years to the CDHS Division of Child Welfare to develop a Colorado-specific Model Youth Plan (MY Plan). Colorado was one of 18 states receiving this federal funding.
MY Plan focuses on youth ages 14-17 who are currently in foster care; young adults ages 17-21 who are aging out of the foster care system; and, young adults 18 to 21 years old who are emancipated from foster care.
CDHS is creating a screening, assessment and referral process to identify those youths most in need. The Department will work closely with counties to create intervention and evaluation components for the program.
MY Plan will produce these core outcomes for young people: permanent connections; social and emotional well-being; safe housing; and, productive education and employment.