Evaluation of Colorado Community Response program reveals stronger families

DENVER (Oct. 10, 2017)—The Colorado Community Response (CCR) program successfully helps to prevent child maltreatment, according to a new evaluation of the initiative. Families participating in CCR strengthened their economic security, improved their ability to cope with stress, and demonstrated an increase in positive behaviors that help prevent child abuse and neglect. CCR is housed under the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Early Childhood.

CCR provides support services to families who were once reported to child protective services for child abuse or neglect, but whose cases were subsequently screened out or resolved. The voluntary program connects families with comprehensive family-focused services, including case management, resource referral, home-based visits, collaborative goal-setting, financial coaching and one-time financial assistance. These services increase a family’s abilities to meet the needs of their children by promoting individual, family, and community strengths. These safe, stable and nurturing relationships allow children to reach their full potential. Between July 2016 and June 2017, 1,124 families received CCR services. After participation in CCR, families were less likely to undergo future child welfare investigations.

The Social Work Research Center in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect recently completed an independent evaluation of CCR. According to the evaluation, while 64 percent of families successfully met their individualized goals and remained engaged with program services, nearly 90 percent of all participants reported the program strengthened relationships within their family, and 86 percent directly attributed improved conditions for their children to the CCR program.

“Colorado is consistently on the leading edge in the development of strategies to prevent child neglect. The Colorado Community Response program is achieving great results for families in our state,” said Mary Anne Snyder, director of the Office of Early Childhood. “CCR addresses the link between poverty and child maltreatment by connecting families to vital economic and support services.”

In July, CDHS awarded more than $2.5 million to 24 county human or social services departments, school districts and partner agencies to implement CCR programs. CCR is offered by the following partners:

  • Aspen School District (Aspen Family Connections) (Pitkin County)
  • Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (Boulder County)
  • Catholic Charities of Central Colorado (El Paso)
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, Inc. (Pueblo County)
  • Chaffee County Department of Human Services (Chaffee County)
  • City and County of Denver Department of Human Services (Denver County)
  • Community Partnership Family Resource Center (Teller County)
  • Delta County School District 50J (Delta Family Center)
  • Developmental Opportunities dba Starpoint (Fremont County)
  • Eagle County Government (Eagle County)
  • Hilltop Health Services dba Hilltop Community Resources (Montrose County)
  • Hilltop Health Services dba Hilltop Community Resources (Mesa County)
  • La Llave Family Resource Center, Inc. (Alamosa, Mineral, Rio Grande, Conejos, Costilla, Saguache
  • Counties)
  • La Plata Family Centers Coalition (Archuleta, San Juan, and La Plata Counties)
  • Live the Victory Inc. dba The Matthews House (Larimer County)
  • Moffat County Department of Social Services (Moffat County)
  • Morgan County Family Center (Morgan County)
  • Mountain Family Center (Grand County)
  • Roaring Forks School District, RE-1 (Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools)
  • (Garfield County)
  • Rural Communities Resource Center (Washington County)
  • Summit County Family Resource Center dba Family and Intercultural Resource Center (Summit
  • County)
  • The Family Resource Center (Logan County)
  • The Pinon Project (Montezuma and Dolores Counties)
  • Tri-County Family Care Center Inc. (Otero, Bent, and Crowley Counties)

CCR began as a three-year pilot program in 2013. The program is a part of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s multi-faceted approach to child welfare, called “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0.”



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