- To protect children
- To preserve and strengthen families
- To promote a safe and permanent home for every child
We work to protect Denver's children and youth by providing services and advocacy while promoting family stability, respecting diversity, and working to strengthen family connections to community resources.
We are responsible for investigating physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, and child neglect and we work with families where abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse issues have been identified. Our main focus is to identify and address the safety issues that brought the family to our attention.
Our goal is to work cooperatively with families and to provide services to keep families together. Working in collaboration with community agencies, as well as the Denver Police Department and Denver Juvenile Court, all allegations of child maltreatment are addressed through services designed specifically to identify and protect victims from further abuse.
We work on maintaining children's safely in their own home when that is possible. When that is not possible, Denver Human Services provides temporary placement of a child out of the child’s home. We are committed to working with families on identifying relative (kin) resources for the children and keeping the children in their own community. We work toward reunifying children safely with their parents and creating a permanent plan for the welfare of every child.
Families involved with our services will receive direct service from a caseworker, combined with services from the community and/or other service providers. Other services we provide include substance abuse and mental health treatment for parents and children, home-based services, and sexual abuse treatment.
We are committed to protecting children, working with families, and respecting the process of change.