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Colorado's Administrative Review Division (ARD) serves as an independent third-party review system under the auspices of CDHS. ARD is the mechanism responsible for the federally required Case Review System and a portion of the Quality Assurance System for both the Division of Child Welfare and the Division of Youth Services. With an ultimate passion of providing permanency and well-being for Colorado's children, ARD works closely with Colorado's counties to train, measure and assess their adherence to state and federal regulations. The most prominent of ARD's requirements are the administrative case reviews, which are required every six months for each child in out-of-home foster care; ARD conducts approximately 10,000 out-of-home reviews per year. Such regulations are in place to help prevent unnecessary moves for children in foster care and to assess (and encourage) that the needs of the families' and children are being appropriately addressed.
ARD shares a common goal within the profession and amongst the community as a whole: the well-being of our children.
House Bill 1181 was passed during the 2011 Colorado legislative session. This statute codified the CDHS Child Fatality Review Team and provided statutory authority through the addition of section 26-1-139 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The statute also outlines the guidelines regarding the team's purpose, structure and reporting procedures. Learn more and browse reports and public notifications on the Child Fatality Review Team page.
ARD conducts qualitative case reviews on a variety of child welfare populations. These reviews include:
Visit the Qualitative Case Reviews page to learn more.
ARD publishes a variety of data reports and publications related to child welfare practice and policy. Visit the CDHS Publications and Reports page to browse ARD documents.