Foster Care

"Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story." - Josh Shipp

What Is Foster Care?Foster Care, Diego

Foster care is temporary care of a youth until they can return home, emancipate or are adopted (if parental rights are terminated). This can last anywhere from overnight to several months and even years.

Goal of Reunification

From the time a youth is removed from their home, their caseworker and child welfare team work diligently to plan for permanency for the youth. Permanency is achieved through the youth returning home, long term placement with a relative or kin, emancipation or adoption.

Our main priority is safety and well-being for the youth, and we value the bond and relationships youth have with their family. We believe and research indicates youth have a better chance at success when they are with family; therefore, reunification with family is our main goal.

Youth return home or are placed with a relative or kin 80-90% of the time. In 2016, 651 youth were successfully reunified with family!

Role of Foster Parent

“The foster parents do not replace the parental authority of the child’s family, but rather become reunification partners, supporting and maintaining the child’s connection with the birth family.” Annie E Casey, 2001: Recruitment, Training and Support: The essential tools of foster care.

As a Foster Parent, you will meet the day-to-day needs of the youth placed in your home. You are not their guardian, nor will you have legal custody of a youth in your care, but you are a vital member of our team. You must be able to provide for the youth unconditionally. The responsibilities are significant, but the rewards are great!

Begin Your Journey into Foster Care 

"It’s a long and frustrating road, you will cry and fight and abandon and rekindle your will time and time again, but in the end it will all be worth it."             

- Unknown

Open your heart and open your home to a youth in need. We are ready to take this journey with you. We estimate the process to become certified with our program will take approximately 5.6 months (24 weeks). Here are the steps needed to begin your journey into foster care with Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson County Human Services.

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Step 1: Information Night

Information Night will provide you with a brief overview of the youth in foster care, the role of a foster parent and the process to becoming certified with the Collaborative Foster Care Program.  Attendance at Information Night is required before you will be provided pre-application paperwork and before you begin the Pre-Service Training. Learn more about Information Night.