Placement Prevention Services

People can and do make positive changes in their lives. Family First allows Colorado to provide more proactive services to support parents in addressing their challenges and seeking help. Prior to Family First, federal funding could only be used if a child or teen was in an out-of-home placement and their family met certain income qualifications. Now, federal funding is available to prevent out-of-home placement and there are no income guidelines. Prevention services must be trauma-informed, evidence-based, approved, and subject to a well-designed and rigorous evaluation.

Skill-based parenting training

Eligible parent skill-based programs and services include those that are psychological, educational or behavioral interventions or treatments that work directly with a parent or caregiver. Children may be present or involved, and contact with a parent or caregiver may be face-to-face, over the telephone or video, or online. Programs may be delivered in a traditional home environment or in a residential facility, shelter or prison where a parent or caregiver lives.

Mental health services

Family First eligible mental health services are those that aim to reduce or eliminate behavioral and emotional disorders or risk for such disorders. Programs and services may target any mental health issue and participants are not required to have a diagnosis. Eligible programs and services can be delivered to children and teens, adults or families.

Substance abuse prevention and treatment

Family First eligible substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and services are those that have an explicit focus on the prevention, reduction, treatment, remediation and/or elimination of substance use, misuse or exposure in general of alcohol, marijuana, illicit drugs, or misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Eligible programs and services can be delivered to children and teens, adults or families.

Frequently asked questions about placement prevention services

What services are available? Who is eligible to receive these services? Answers to these questions and more in our FAQ section.

If not you, then who?
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.