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Certification helps kinship caregivers build their skills and confidence as they offer temporary care to children and youth.


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What You Need To Know

Through the certification process, we ensure that caregivers are equipped to offer safe, stable, and nurturing homes to children and  youth. In addition to completing background checks, we offer training and support to build your skills and confidence as a kinship care provider.

No. You may apply to be a prospective caregiver for a child or youth whom our agency has removed from the home. Background checks may be required, and certified providers may be eligible for child maintenance benefits from our agency.

If you’re caring informally for a friend or family member’s child who is not involved with Denver Human Services, then you do not need to apply for certification. You’re still eligible to access free training, support groups, and other resources through our CARE Center.

Certified kinship care providers follow the same seven-step process as our foster parents. After completing an orientation session, background checks, and home study, kinship care providers complete 27 hours of training to build their skills and confidence, help them understand the needs of traumatized children, and learn more about how our agency will work with them to support children in their care. To find out more about upcoming orientation classes and training, click here.

In addition to valuable training and ongoing support, certified kinship care providers may be eligible for additional benefits, which could include Medicaid for the child or youth and child maintenance reimbursements from our agency. Maintenance reimbursements are based on the child or youth’s needs and other eligibility requirements.

Prospective caregivers may be non-certified kinship caregivers, rather than complete the full certification process. Non-certified caregivers may undergo background checks and home studies to ensure they can offer a safe, nurturing home. They are not eligible for monthly reimbursements from our agency, but they can apply for cash assistance through Colorado Works and other kinship support services. Children placed in kinship homes through Denver Human Services may also be eligible for Medicaid.

Yes! We offer training, support groups, and more through our CARE Center, which is located at the Richard T. Castro Human Services Center at 1200 Federal Blvd. These resources are available at no charge to all kinship caregivers, regardless of your involvement with our agency. To learn more about what we offer, click here.


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



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Main Office, Richard T. Castro Human Services Center
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204


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