CFSR identifies strengths in child welfare practices in Colorado

The findings of the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) for the state of Colorado have been published by the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, and posted to the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) website. Click HERE to download the final report.

Federal law and regulations authorize the Children’s Bureau to administer the review of child and family services programs under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. The CFSRs are structured to help states identify strengths and areas needing improvement in child welfare practices and programs as well as institute systemic changes that will improve child and family outcomes.

"Based on the report, the department is confident that many of the current efforts and initiatives happening in Colorado address areas needing improvement for the performance improvement plan. Overall, we are doing great work in Colorado and we all should be proud." said  Ann Rosales, director of the CDHS Division of Child Welfare.

Strengths identified through the CFSR:

  • Great collaborative processes between our counties and DCW
  • Both QA and agency responsiveness to the community are operating within conformity
  • Higher performance on outcomes
  • A strong foundation of child welfare
  • Strong work around timeliness of initiation
  • Great wrap around services, particularly for kinship families
  • Great family and extended family work
  • Comments made about Colorado’s practice: “We saw some really incredible practice,” “outstanding work,” “I was really impressed.”
  • Workgroups to focusing on areas needing improvement

Stakeholders and county partner workgroups will be convening to provide input into the development of the PIP specific to the following areas:

  1. Assessing and managing risk and safety – especially in our youth in conflict cases
  2. Achieving timely permanence for children in out of home care, need to work with the courts
  3. Engaging parents and other caregivers – particularly fathers, assessing and addressing fathers’ needs; also other caregivers
  4. Service array – transportation, consistency in services, availability of service
  5. National standards – maltreatment in out of home and reentry into out of home care.

If you are interested in participating in one of these workgroups, please contact Matt Holtman, ( or Nancy Rudel ( to ensure that you are invited.  Please specify the specific area in which you are interested.

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