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FOSTER CARE, ADOPTION, AND KINSHIP CARE

 

Stand up for a child!

Every day, foster parents stand up for children in our community by opening their home and their hearts to children in need of temporary parental care. Foster parents have many roles. One of the most critical is offering protection and basic provisions for children until their parents are ready and able to ensure those needs are met. You don’t have to be rich, married, or own a home to be a foster parent; you simply need to be financially stable and willing to help a child.

Contact us at 720-944-4000 or standupforme@denvergov.org for more information. 

Greatest Areas of Need

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

 

Foster Care in Denver: The Data

  • At any given moment, there are approximately 900 Denver children and youth living away from their families due to child maltreatment 
  • It takes approximately 90-180 days to become a certified foster home
  • Neglect is Denver’s most common type of child maltreatment
  • 100 percent of children in foster care need a loving home
  • You can make a difference by caring for one child

Other Ways To Stand Up For A Child In Denver

Not ready to be a foster parent and still want to help? Consider these other opportunities to get involved and support children in our community:

Respite: offer short-term child care relief to foster families

Sponsor: some examples of ways to sponsor our program include:

  • Provide us with a meeting space to use for events and activities
  • Host an event for foster families and/or children in foster care
  • Provide or help fund a free or reduced-price service
    • For children and youth: extra-curricular activities, haircuts
    • For foster families: household repairs, training opportunities

Donate to GIVE Denver

  • Diapers
  • New undergarments
  • New shoes
  • Hygiene supplies (hair care products, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

 

 

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LEARN MORE ABOUT
FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION
 

Contact us at:
StandUpForMe@DenverGov.org
(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
ChildSupportServices@denvergov.org

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

 

NEED HELP
 

Denver 311 Help Center
Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call (720)913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479