Child Welfare

Colorado’s child welfare system is state supervised and administered by Colorado's 64 counties. The Division of Child Welfare oversees child welfare practice, provides policy direction and provides 80 percent of the funding for services. Counties contribute approximately 20 percent of the funding through local revenues.

CDHS’s Division of Child Welfare is composed of a specialized set of services that strengthen the ability of the family to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and ensure timely permanency planning. Services stabilize the family situation and strengthen the family’s capacity to care for their children. When safety is not possible within the family, services focus on the child’s need for a stable, permanent home as quickly as possible.  

Child welfare services include:

  • prevention and intervention services for children, youth and families at risk of involvement with child welfare.
  • youth in conflict services reduce or eliminate conflicts between youth and their family members or the community when conflicts affect the youth’s well-being, the normal functioning of the family, or the well-being of the community.
  • child protection services are provided to protect children whose physical, mental or emotional well-being is threatened by the actions or omissions of parents, legal guardians, custodians, or persons responsible for providing out-of-home care.
  • children or youth who have been adopted through foster care, children and youth with Medicaid-only services, and youth whose permanency goal is no longer reunification.

 Report Child Abuse & Neglect    Training  Forms

 

Policy, Data & Accountability    Child Welfare Collaborations

This Division also directly licenses and monitors contracts for 24-hour out-of-home service providers.

Expand the sections below to explore Child Welfare Programs & Services.