Volunteers needed to help review child welfare cases

Colorado will undergo a Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) in September of this year. The CFSR is a periodic federal review of the child welfare system conducted by the Children’s Bureau, to achieve three goals:

  1. ensure conformity with federal child welfare requirement;
  2. determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services; and
  3. assist states in helping children and families achieve positive outcomes.


The Children’s Bureau and the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare requires 42 volunteer reviewers to review cases with the federal reviewers. The time commitment required is as follows:

  1. 9-14 hours (TBD) of self-guided web-based training on the CFSR review and instruments (OSRI).
  2. 1-2 days during the month of June, 2017 (location and exact dates TBD), to attend in-person training on the CFSR review process, instruments and Volume VII requirements.
  3. Attendance at an in-person training led by the Children’s Bureau on August 29-30, 2017. (location TBD)
  4. Participation in the CFSR process September 18-22, 2017 in one of the three selected county departments. (Denver, Garfield, or Pueblo)

Ideally, selected reviewers should have knowledge of the Children's Code, Volume 7 rules, Trails, and/or substantial experience with Colorado's child welfare system.

The results of the CFSR will impact the entire state including multiple State of Colorado agencies, every county, and many of our community partners. Please discuss this opportunity with your employees and coworkers.


Download and complete the CFSR Volunteer applicationSubmit the linked form to Brandy Harper at brandy.harper@state.co.us by Friday, March 31, 2017. There is no limit on how many staff may be referred from one organization.

All travel will be reimbursed (hotel stay, per diem, and mileage). 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jomar White (jomar.white@state.co.us).

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