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       Foster Parent

Become a foster parent - Step 1: Discover

Join us for a foster care information meeting.


Become a foster parent - Step 2: Write

Fill out an application and other paperwork.


Become a foster parent - Step 3: Talk

Meet us for an informal, one-on-one chat.


Become a foster parent - Step 4: Learn

Become an expert with our free training.


Become a foster parent - Step 5: Assess

Our home study ensures your place is ready for kids.


Become a foster parent - Step 5: Approved

Congrats! You're a certified foster parent!


Become a foster parent - Step 7: Begin!

Get matched with a child. The journey begins!


  • 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.

Specialized Foster Care

Denver Human Services also recruits individuals and families for certain types of specialized foster care:

Therapeutic Foster Care: If you have training in education, social work, medicine or counseling, therapeutic foster care could be the right fit for you. Therapeutic foster care is a distinct, powerful, and unique model of care that combines a nurturing family environment with active therapy and treatment. Children with emotional, behavioral, and medical issues are treated with integrated services and key interventions from foster parents who are trained, supervised and supported.

Foster parents for medically fragile youth: "Medically fragile" describes children with medical complexities who have multiple, significant chronic health problems which may produce functional limitations, often require medical technology or equipment, and have specific needs of continual skilled services. Foster care providers for medically fragile children must have the educational background and/or experience that awards them the ability to care for various medical issues.

Children's Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) foster homes: The CHRP waiver provides residential services for children and youth in foster care who have a developmental disability and very high needs. Their needs for support put them at risk for institutional care. Waiver services help children and youth learn and maintain skills needed to live in their communities. Common diagnoses covered by CHRP include autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, PTSD, reactive attachment disorder, and bi-polar disorder. 

For more information on becoming a specialized foster parent, call us at 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.

Informational Meetings

The first step in finding out more about becoming a foster parent in Denver County is to attend a Foster Care Informational Meeting. Informational meetings are free and last about two hours. For more information and to RSVP, click on a date below.


Foster Care Informational Meetings

Richard T. Castro Center
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204

Nov. 14 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Jan. 9, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Feb. 13, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Mar. 13, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Apr. 10, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
May 8, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
June 12, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
July 10, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Aug. 14, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Sept. 11, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Oct. 9, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Nov. 13, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Dec. 11, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.

Montbello Recreation Center
15555 E. 53rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80239

Jan. 23, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Feb. 27, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Mar. 27, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Apr. 24, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
May 22, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
June 26, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
July 24, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Sept. 25, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.
Oct. 23, 2019 (Wed), 6 p.m.



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Foster Care Informational Meetings


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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