Administrative Review

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 Corrections. With an ultimate passion of providing permanency and well-being for Colorado's children, the Administrative Review Division 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.

Colorado's Administrative Review Division shares a common goal within the profession and amongst the community as a whole: the well-being of our children.