Foster Parent Steering Committee

The Foster Parent Steering Committee is a subcommittee of the Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council (CWELC). This steering committee will meet twice monthly to reflect on feedback from foster parents, explore best practices to better support foster parents, assess systemic issues impacting foster parenting throughout Colorado and develop recommendations to address identified challenges.

Foster parents provide a critical service to the community as caretakers who spend every day with a child involved in the child welfare system. In 2016, the Annie E. Casey Foundation published a report entitled “A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting” which provided guidance to public child welfare agencies that could and should be taken to support foster parents. DCW recognizes the need to explore many of these recommendations given the fact that Colorado is currently experiencing a significant shortage of foster parents and feedback from current and former foster parents and advocates support the need to spark a movement to support foster parents here in Colorado. The Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council too recognizes the need to support foster parents and has authorized a steering committee to more closely examine issues impacting foster parenting throughout Colorado.

These efforts should promote reunification when it is in the best interest of the child, increased placement stability, decreased maltreatment in out-of-home placement and ensure all families are healthy.

In order to accomplish this, steering committee members are asked to actively participate, commit to the timeframes identified above and participate in subcommittees researching solutions or national practices.

This steering committee will meet for one year and report recommendations to the Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council. The steering committee will:

  • Meet twice monthly  on the 1st and 3rd Mondays beginning October 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM, with conference phone availability;
  • Be co-chaired by a state staff person and a foster parent, with alternates as needed;
  • Allow time for public comment at each meeting; and,
  • Subcommittees may be formed and meet separately as needed.

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