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The journey to care for a child in our community involves:

  • Learning about becoming a foster parent
  • Attending a Denver Human Services Informational Meeting
  • Attending a pre-screen interview
  • Attending a 5-week training (27 total hours)
  • Submitting appropriate documents
  • Preparing your home for a child
  • Enjoying the rewards of helping a child

Graphic timeline of the Foster Care/Adoption certification process

  • Are single, married, divorced, or in domestic partnerships
  • Barbeque, watch movies, hike, read, or walk dogs
  • Own or rent houses or apartments
  • Are hipsters, disco dancers, foodies, or sports fans 
  • Work full – time, part – time, in the home, or outside of the home
  • Are vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores
  • Have overcome adversity
  • Are only children, oldest children, middle children, or the babies of their family 
  • Identify as LGBTQ or other
  • Are technologically oriented, not technologically savvy, or somewhere in between 
  • Are caring, compassionate, empathetic, and committed individuals
  • Are flexible and willing to learn


To be considered as a foster parent in Denver, you must be:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Physically and emotionally healthy
  • Financially stable
  • A U.S. citizen or resident, and
  • Reside within a one-hour drive of the Denver metro area

Children need foster parents who will open their homes and meet the specific needs of:

  • Youth (12 years of age and older)
  • Sibling groups
  • Children and youth who identify as Native American
  • Children and youth who are exploring their sexual and/or gender identity
  • Children and youth who speak Spanish and other languages
  • Children and youth who have disabilities
  • Children and youth who exhibit more challenging behaviors due to their experiences

Graphic for support section of foster care and adoptionDenver Human Services teams with our community partners to support our foster parents.

That support includes:

  • Workers to help you navigate the certification and placement process
  • Pre-service and ongoing training to build upon your skills and abilities
  • A mentorship program to connect newly certified foster parents with more experienced foster parents
  • Social events and support groups to meet and build relationships with other foster parents
  • Discounted YMCA memberships through the Colorado State Foster Parent Association
  • Reimbursement to help offset the cost of caring for the children
  • A DHS worker dedicated to each family to support their needs in caring for their foster child(ren) and to help the ensure they maintain their State Certification/Licensure.
  • Assurance that Denver foster parents receive primary consideration for all placements over families certified by other community placement agencies.
  • Other resources and services as needed.

CHECK! You’ve already completed the first step in the journey to care for a child in our community. The next step is to attend a Foster/Adoption Information Meeting. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to join an elite group of parents!

Only four percent of the national population stands up for a child as a foster parent. We thank you for your interest in helping Denver’s children, and we encourage you to help us increase that percentage by bringing a friend, family member, or neighbor with you to an information meeting.

Information Meetings

Bring your questions to an information meeting on the second or fourth Wednesday of each any month. Meetings run from 6 - 8 p.m.  No RSVP is required, but you're welcome to let us know you're coming by emailing us at

Every second Wednesday
6 - 8 p.m.
Denver Human Services
1200 Federal Blvd., Room 1018
Denver, CO 80204

Every fourth Wednesday
6 - 8 p.m.
Montbello Recreation Center
15555 E 53rd Ave, Art Room
Denver, CO 80239

*Please note that in November and December we will only have the DHS Information Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

If you need more information prior to attending an information meeting, contact us at or 720-944-4000.


Adoptions of children in the care of Denver Human Services typically occur only after every measure is exhausted to keep those children safely with their parents. When that cannot happen, we may seek to place those children permanently with one of our foster parents.

All of our adoptive parents must start with our agency as foster parents.

Information Meetings

The first step in finding out more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Denver County is to attend a Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting. Information meetings are free and last about two hours. For more information and to RSVP, see our calendar listings.

Graphic listing of all 2018 Foster Care and Adoption Information Meetings


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Contact us at:
(720) 944-4000

Kinship Care Information Line: 
(720) 944-4546

Kinship-Specific Training: 
(720) 944-6197 or (720) 944-6187

Child Support Services: 
(720) 944-2960

Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect:
1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)



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