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CDHS utilizes a Two‐Generation (2Gen) approach to inform all of its services. The 2Gen approach encourages CDHS programs to serve children and their caregivers simultaneously, to harness the family’s full potential and to put the entire family on a path to permanent economic security. When programs and policies are designed with the whole family’s educational and economic future in mind, and families are assisted to access the social networks and resources needed to be successful in life, opportunity becomes a family tradition. Fragmented approaches to serving families that address the needs of children and their caregivers separately leave either the child or the caregiver behind, reducing the likelihood of success for all members of the family. The 2Gen approach brings all family members along together, assesses all family members together and provides all family members with opportunities, together, to be successful. For more information about 2Gen efforts at CDHS, please contact Keri Batchelder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303‐866‐5310.
COACT Colorado builds a system of services and supports for children with serious behavioral health challenges and their families. These individualized, culturally and linguistically relevant services and support are based on an evidence-based process known as high-fidelity wraparound.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Working Together Project
Working Together applies the 2Gen framework to support families enrolled in evidence-based home visiting toward increasing their economic security. The project impacts caregiver access to and completion of the GED, short-term college certificate programs, workforce training and financial literacy education. While caregivers are working toward their goals, their young children will simultaneously receive quality care and support services to optimize development. Working Together is an innovative approach, based on theory and research, which streamlines and augments existing programs that support vulnerable families.
Colorado Community Response (CCR)
As part of a group of cornerstone prevention programs formed or expanded under Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0”, CCR provides comprehensive voluntary services for families with a screened out referral and/or closed referral after initial assessment by local child welfare agencies. CCR is intended to reach families at an earlier stage when they are facing stress, in an effort to reduce future referrals to child welfare, providing a comprehensive, community-based service continuum for families at risk for child maltreatment.
The Social Work Research Center and Kempe Center CCR Evaluation
Colorado Refugee Services Program
Refugees come to Colorado from many different countries from around the globe and with an array of talents, skills, backgrounds and life experiences. They share the common aspiration of finding safety, security and opportunities to establish themselves and their families in new communities.
Dependency & Neglect System Reform
In October 2014, Colorado became one of five states to receive an Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Statewide System Reform Program (SSRP) award. SSRP's purpose is to integrate effective family drug court practices into the larger dependency & neglect (D&N) system. Colorado's SSRP is known as Dependency & Neglect System Reform (DANSR) and was created to increase the collective capacity of Colorado's D&N system to support families affected by substance use & co-occurring mental health disorders. DANSR relies on cross-system collaboration by state & local-level stakeholders to reform systems.
Division of Youth Services (DYS)
The family is an integral part of the team working with youth involved in the Colorado DYS. The Division strives to adequately honor family experience and culture, empower all family members, utilize family strengths, and instill hope for a safe and successful future.
Colorado Works Employment Opportunities with Wages Program
Created via legislation during the 2017 session, the Colorado Works Employment Opportunities with Wages Program will provide Colorado Works participants with the opportunity for subsidized income and on-the-job experience leading to permanent employment. Such an opportunity directly benefits vulnerable families on their path to economic security and helps small businesses hire willing employees, increase output and train for their specific needs.
Colorado Works Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy
The Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy (Policy Academy) was an 18-month intensive technical assistance (TA) initiative in 2015-2016 for seven states and one county interested in modernizing and improving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) practice. During the initiative, sites received dedicated coaches, onsite strategic planning, access to expert consultants, and tailored written resources. Additionally, they participated in several in-person convenings, peer exchanges, and virtual training.
Division of Child Support Services
Colorado is proud to be one of the first states in the nation to transform its Child Support Services (CSS) program utilizing the 2Gen approach. This approach serves as a complimentary addition to CSS's core services. Counties across the state have already started to incorporate pieces of the approach into their work. Doing so brings focus to the whole family, the child(ren) and both parents, custodial and non-custodial, when providing supportive services. Check out CSS's 2Gen video at the above link to learn more!
Two-Generation Work at CDHS
Ascend Messaging Guide and Tip Sheet
Framing Two-Generation Strategies
Ascend at the Aspen Institute-http://ascend.aspeninstitute.org/
Center for Law and Social Policy-http://www.clasphome.org/
2016 Census Data on Poverty Infographic
National Governor’s Association-https://www.nga.org/cms/home
National Human Services Assembly-http://www.nassembly.org/
State Level Framework for the 2Gen Approach
The Bell Policy Center-http://www.bellpolicy.org/
Bound to Succeed: An Environmental Scan of Two-Generation Approaches to Education in Colorado
Closing the Growing Economic Divide by Teaching Two Generations at Once
Colorado Children’s Campaign-http://www.coloradokids.org/
Ascend at the Aspen Institute
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
National Governor’s Association
State of Colorado Governor’s Office - Parents and Children Thriving Together (PACTT) Network
Arapahoe County Department of Human Services & Family Tree - Generational Opportunities to Achieve Long-Term Success (GOALS) Program
The Bell Policy Center
Colorado Children’s Campaign
Community College of Aurora - Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)
Family Resource Center Association