The Colorado Department of Human Services has received $300,000 from its national partner Casey Family Programs to help foster youth find a loving, caring family.
CDHS has identified as many as 158 children and teenagers who are at risk of significant challenges if they do not find a permanent family. These challenges include homelessness, under-employment, failure to graduate from school, and criminal behavior.
The Casey Family Programs support will help Colorado caseworkers who are already searching for permanent homes for the youth before they turn 18 years old and age-out of the foster care system.
Casey Family Programs is the nation's largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America.
CDHS will disburse the resources to its county partners on a case-by-case basis. The support allows up to $10,000 per youth. Counties may begin applying for the program on March 1.