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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.
Program Area 3: Program Area 3 provides prevention and intervention services for children, youth, and families at risk of involvement with child welfare. Services are provided to families to safely care for their children prior to involvement or referral to child welfare. This program area was added in 2013.
Program Area 4: Youth in Conflict services reduce or eliminate conflicts between youth and their family members or the community when conflicts affect the youth’s well-being, the normal functioning of the family, or the well-being of the community. The focus of services shall be on alleviating conflicts, protecting the youth and the community, re-establishing family stability, or assisting the youth to emancipate successfully.
Program Area 5: Child Protection services are provided to protect children whose physical, mental or emotional well-being is threatened by the actions or omissions of parents, legal guardians, custodians, or persons responsible for providing out-of-home care, including a foster parent, an employee of a residential child care facility, or a provider of family child care or center-based child care. The focus of services shall be on providing for the child’s safety, enhancement of family functioning, and addressing the child’s need for permanency.
Program Area 6: Children or Youth in Need of Specialized Services are statutorily authorized services to specified children and families when the primary focus of services is no longer protective or Youth in Conflict. These services include children with subsidized adoptions, children with Medicaid-only services, and children for whom the disposition is no longer reunification (i.e., OPPLA, independent living).
The rule-making authority for all of these programs and services rests with the State Board of Human Services. The Board is comprised of appointees of the Governor and works closely with CDHS, county staff, and stakeholders to promulgate rules for the programs. DCW works directly with a variety of stakeholder groups on an ongoing, issue-oriented basis and directly licenses and monitors contracts for 24-hour out-of-home service providers.
Please fill out the form below if you are unable to locate a form or document, have a question about a service or program, or need assistance. Your request will be forwarded to the appropriate subject matter expert and you should receive a response within 48 hours.
Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Child Welfare
1575 Sherman St., 2nd floor
Denver, CO 80203
P 303.866.5932 | F 303.866.5563