Division of Child Welfare, Office of Children, Youth and Families award $50,000 in mini grants to counties and child placement agencies

In support of local efforts to recruit and retain foster, adoptive and kinship parents, the Division of Child Welfare and the Office of Children, Youth and Families awarded $50,000 in mini grants to 35 counties and child placement agencies.

Colorado currently has a shortage of foster parents, and one of the best ways to recruit new foster parents is to retain current foster parents. With small, strategic investments in our county and child placement partners, we can make a big impact on recruitment and retention.

The mini grants will be used for a variety of projects, including:

  • Parent appreciation events and family-friendly activities, such as ice skating
  • Social media advertising and awareness-building efforts, such as participating in a community or cultural festival
  • Trauma-informed training and child care for those trainings
  • Respite care so foster and kinship caregivers can take a break and recharge
  • Activities to engage the business community and volunteers

Grant recipients were encouraged to collaborate with other organizations and to utilize retention events as recruitment events as well. The mini grants are a part of the DCW and OCYF’s ongoing work to provide support and technical assistance to counties and child placement agencies.

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