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CDHS Announces Colorado Community Response Grants

The Office of Early Childhood has announced that 14 counties will receive funding from a new program to prevent child maltreatment and abuse.

Included as part of Governor Hickenlooper’s "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0" child welfare plan, the Colorado Community Response program is awarding grants to provide additional resources to families who are not currently involved in the child welfare system but are still at potential risk for incidents of child abuse or maltreatment.

Starting in January, 14 counties and their partners will receive $728,000 to pilot the Colorado Community Response program:

  • Arapahoe County, in partnership with Douglas County and Tri-County Health Department, serving Arapahoe and Douglas counties;
  • Boulder County, in partnership with Sister Carmen Community Center and City of Longmont Children Youth and Services;
  • Chaffee County;
  • Eagle County, in partnership with Eagle County School District;
  • Larimer County, in partnership with The Matthews House;
  • Mesa County, in partnership with Hilltop Community Resources;
  • Montrose County, in partnership with Hilltop Community Resources;
  • Otero County, in partnership with Tri-County Family Care Center, serving Otero, Bent and Crowley counties;
  • Teller County, in partnership with Community Partnership Family Resource Center;
  • Washington County, in partnership with Washington County Connections and Rural Communities Resource Center, serving Washington and Yuma counties.

In Colorado, approximately 55% of child welfare referrals are screened out following a maltreatment report. These families generally do not receive further outreach or support, yet research shows that while an immediate safety risk may not be present, many screened out families are still in need of services.  The Colorado Community Response program is designed to increase the availability of community support for families through parenting skills and access to community services.