Parents empowering parents to overcome obstacles and reunite families. -- DPALS Mission
DPALS (Denver Parent Advocates Lending Support) is an opportunity for parents involved with child welfare to engage with parent partners for support and advocacy.
Navigating the child welfare system can be daunting to families who are new to the process.
That’s where DPALS can help. Our parent partners have personal experience with the child welfare system and have put in the work and commitment to change their lives and strengthen their families. While playing a neutral role in the process, they provide parents with support, encouragement, navigation, and connection to resources.
Our DPALS help parents make the changes needed to meet their children’s needs—and ultimately move toward reunification or appropriate permanency goals for the family.
DPALS Helps Parents By
- Giving them support, encouragement, and outreach from a parenting peer who has been through similar experiences.
- Connecting them with resources through Denver Human Services (DHS) and in the community.
- Providing help with navigation through the child welfare system.
- Engaging the community to increase awareness of the DPALS program.
- Promoting birth parents’ involvement in case planning activities through face-to-face visits, letters, emails, and/or phone calls.
- Maintaining connections between parents and children by advocating for their rights.
- Assisting in the goal of reunification and/or the planning for appropriate alternatives.
- Joining families at Value of Individual and Community Engagement Services (VOICES) meetings, court hearings, treatment, recovery, or other gatherings.
Where You Can Find DPALS
- Inside court rooms, participating in the Best Court Practices Team.
- Appointed by the Office of Respondent Parent Counsel Board.
- At VOICES meetings with parents and DHS staff.
- In the communities as a voice and support for birth parents providing awareness.
- Attending trainings and educational programs.
- At the CARE Center to offer support to parents after visitations or to provide general information.
DPALS is ready to support parents right from the start!
- In order to connect with DPALS, you must have an open case with DHS Child Welfare.
- Call the Prevention office line (720-944-6330) and make the request for a DPALS partner. Please leave a message with your full name, contact number, and caseworker’s name. You may also email us at DPALS@denvergov.org.
- You may also request to be assigned a DPALS partner through your DHS caseworker. The caseworker can complete a referral and make the request for you.
Please note that DPALS partners are NOT employees of Denver Human Services.