Growing and Maintaining Strong Families
April 30, 2019
Last year in Colorado, 9,620 children and teens were placed in foster care because their parents needed time to learn new skills and address safety concerns. When this happens, caseworkers look for an adult who the child knows, such as a relative, teacher or trusted neighbor, to provide a safe home. When that isn’t possible, caseworkers rely on foster families to provide a safe, temporary home.
Colorado is experiencing a shortage of foster families and we need your help. Foster care is a safe, temporary home for kids to live while their family addresses safety concerns. Family reunification is the primary goal for kids who are in foster care.
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. A time for communities to come together to support the kids who need them most. You can help us ensure siblings stay together. You can help us support family reunification. You can help us ensure young people practice their cultural traditions.
If you’ve thought about fostering before but haven’t started the process yet, now is the time. Children are resilient. Even when they’ve experienced adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect, they can overcome and reach their full potential with help and support from a dedicated foster parent.
Colorado foster parents ...
- Can be single or married.
- Own their home or rent.
- Are all genders, gender identities and sexual orientations.
- Work full‐time or have a parent who stays home.
- Are first‐time parents or experienced parents
All that matters is that you are at least 21 years old or older and that you are ready to make a difference in a child’s or teen’s life at a time when they need you the most. During National Foster Care Awareness Month this May, make time to attend an information meeting to learn. Find an informational meeting in your community on our website.