We all play a role. Become a foster parent and help a child in your community.
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.
On an average day in Colorado, 14 children and teens enter foster care because their parents need time to learn new skills to become the parents their children need them to be.
Last year, 10,076 children and teens lived an out-of-home placement like a foster family, group home or residential treatment center for their safety. Today, there are approximately 4,889 children and teens in out-of-home placement.
If it is not possible to ensure the safety and well-being of a child in their own home, a caseworker looks to family or friends willing to provide a temporary home while the parent or caregiver works to improve the situation at home. These families are known as "kinship families. There are approximately 1,616 children and teens living with a kinship family, and there are approximately 2,156 children and teens living with a foster family.
Colorado is experiencing a shortage of foster families and we need your help. Colorado needs to recruit 1,247 new certified foster families, including 20 treatment foster care homes, while retaining approximately 75 percent of currently certified foster families. During National Foster Care Month this May, make time to attend an information meeting and learn more about foster care in Colorado.
You can help.
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 you haven’t started the process, now is the time when the children in Colorado need you the most.
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 ready to make a difference in a child or teen’s life at a time when they need you the most.