Federal review reveals Colorado's child welfare system performing higher than national average

In September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau (Children's Bureau) completed Colorado's Children and Family Services Review (CFSR). After evaluating a sample of cases from three counties: Denver, Pueblo and Garfield, and receiving feedback from hundreds of stakeholders, the Children's Bureau has shared preliminary results with Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) revealing that Colorado performed higher in all of the outcome performance areas than the national average.  

In fact, Colorado performed better than any other state has with 11 cases at 100% compliance in every area assessed.  Additionally, Colorado performed better than expected in meeting the medical and dental needs and identifying permanent plans for children and youth in out of home placement.

The process also revealed areas to improve upon. While the Children's Bureau prepares findings that will be communicated in a final report due to be published in January 2018, the CDHS doesn't want to wait to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. 

Preliminary findings show Colorado needs to continue to: 

  • improve upon assessing ongoing safety and risk, 
  • engage fathers, and non-custodial parents throughout a child welfare involvement, and 
  • provide individualized services/supports based on assessed needs.

To be proactive in developing the Program Improvement Plan (PIP), a strategic plan to focus Colorado's efforts, CDHS is hosting a PIP Kickoff event in November. This event will convene Colorado's county departments, stakeholders and community partners in a collaborative effort to address the areas of concern and define a vision for child welfare practice in Colorado. 

As an essential part of improving the safety, permanency, and well-being of Colorado’s children and families, you are invited to join the Program Improvement Plan Kickoff to partner in the creation of Colorado’s response to the CFSR final report. 

Program Improvement Plan Kickoff

Please join us on 
Monday, November 6, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

History Colorado Center 
1200 Broadway 
Denver, CO 80203

Lunch will be provided. 
RSVP by Friday, October 27, 2017. 


Space is limited.

To ensure representation from throughout Colorado and space for a diverse group of stakeholders,
a CDHS Division of Child Welfare staff member will review your RSVP and confirm your reservation to attend this event.

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