When children experience abuse, neglect, or other hardships, they may need to be temporarily placed outside of the home to stay safe and well. Foster parents step up to be the difference for these children by providing them with temporary care while we work with their families to access tools and supports to create safer environments for their children.
Foster parents can have a lifelong, positive impact on a child or youth. We help by:
When children are removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect, they are temporarily placed in foster care to ensure their safety. It is a temporary, physically and psychologically safe environment for children who have experienced neglect or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
Children in foster care live with their relatives, foster parents, or – if neither of these is available – in group facilities. With education and support for the birth parents, more than half of children who go into foster care return to their birth families.
Kin are relatives or others who have a “family-like” relationship with a child. As kinship providers, they agree to nurture and protect children who are in current or impending danger with their parent(s) or caregivers. Because they share close ties, kinship providers can care for children in a way that respects cultural values and helps maintain significant relationships in a child’s life. When a child or youth is in need of out-of-home placement, we always look first to place a child with kin.
Adoptions of children in our care typically occur only after every measure is exhausted to keep them safely with their parents. When that cannot happen, we may seek to place those children permanently with one of our foster parents.
We are the only public source for adoption in Denver. All of our adoptive parents must start with our agency as foster parents.
To be considered as a certified foster parent in Denver, you must:
We are always in need of individuals and families for certain types of specialized foster care. In most instances, these foster parents have specialized training to support children with high needs.
Specialized foster care includes:
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Get started by attending a Foster Care Informational Meeting.
Learn about the ways we support kinship care families.
Have specialized skills and knowledge? Consider our Therapeutic Foster Care program.
Want to be involved but not yet ready to foster? Consider becoming a volunteer with the CHOICE foster youth mentoring program.
Seven steps to becoming a certified foster parent
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