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.