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Kinship Care

Kin are relatives or others who have a "family-like" relationship with a child and who are willing to nurture and protect a child who is in danger at home.


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What You Need To Know

Kinship providers may be formally caring for a child through the child welfare system -- or offering care at the request of family or friends while a family works through a difficult time. We offer support, training, and resource connections to all kinship care providers at no charge.

Kin: First Choice for Placement

When a child or youth is in need of out-of-home placement, kinship care providers are always our first choice. Kinship care is preferred because:

  1. Children stay within their families, which helps ensure meaningful emotional and cultural support.
  2. It minimizes the trauma of out-of-home placement.
  3. It supports and strengthens families' abilities to protect their children and to provide a safe and stable home.

Experience has shown that children in kinship care do better at coping with the challenges of being removed from their homes, and that they are successfully reunited with their parents sooner than if they were moved to another type of placement.

Support for Kinship Care Providers

We're here to help you as you raise a child other than your own. Whether you're caring for a child in the child welfare system or looking after a family or friend's child during a difficult time, we're here to help you be supported.

Our referral services include:

  • Community resources
  • Legal assistance
  • Respite

Our navigation assistance includes help with:

  • Court systems
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Foster care certification process

We can provide both direct financial assistance and help applying for financial, food, and Medicaid benefits through the Colorado Works program.

We offer ongoing training and support to kinship providers so they can offer the best possible care to children in our community. We offer:

  • Kinship care orientation
  • Kinship care certification classes
  • Ongoing workshops and training provided in collaboration with community partners throughout the metro area on topics including
    • Trauma-informed practice
    • Nutritional cooking classes
    • Guardianship workshops
    • Legal workshops
    • Support groups

All trainings and workshops are offered at our CARE Center at the Richard T. Castro Human Services Center.

If you need to find relatives to care for your child or youth, we can help. We work with families to locate appropriate caregivers by:

  • Searching for relatives or other connections who can care for children or youth
  • Engaging your family to identify whether there are kin available and willing to provide care or additional support
  • Creating genograms, a graphic representation of a family tree that displays detailed data on relationships among individuals

Depending on the situation, some kin offer supervised visitation between the children in their care and their parent(s) or caregiver(s). We help by providing guidance and support, as well as transportation to and from visitation when needed.


You May Also Find Helpful



See our upcoming schedule of trainings and support groups for kinship caregivers.


Learn about certification for kinship care providers.


Our CARE Center has helpful kinship-specific resources and information, as well as kinship orientation and training classes.


We offer a monthly Family Law Open Forum where you can get information on family law and court issues for free.


AARP provides a terrific online guide for those raising grandchildren including an active online community.


Get Started »

To get more information, call our kinship care information line at 720-944-4546.



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