Foster Care and Adoption

On an average day in Colorado, four children are placed in foster care. Today, there are approximately 2,000 children and youth living with a foster family in Colorado. With little more than 2,000 certified foster homes throughout Colorado, social services agencies are always in need of families who are willing to care for children with special needs, sibling groups, older youth and young people who speak a different language. 

We need your help. 

What is Foster Care in Colorado?

Foster parents provide a safe, temporary home for children and youth whose parents or caregivers are unable to care for them. When a child or teenager is removed from their home and a caseworker is unable to identify a family friend or relatives to care for them temporarily, they are placed in foster care. 

It is important to remember that when a child or teenager is removed from their home the primary goal is usually to return the child or teenager to their parent or caregiver once they can provide a safe and stable home. However, if that option is not available, adoption or another type of permanent home is the secondary goal. 

Become a Foster Parent

There are few limitations on who can be a foster parent, although everyone must pass a background check, complete training and receive a home study from a county human service department or child placement agency. The foster parent training and certification process prepares you to care for and support a child or youth who has experienced trauma, grief and loss, and with whom you have no history.  Learn more.

 

 

Colorado Foster Families

Each of the more than 2,000 foster families in Colorado is unique. However, these families all have one thing in common: A commitment to support all of Colorado’s young people.  Meet a few of Colorado’s foster families.

 

Hear From Youth In Foster Care

Foster parents open their homes and their hearts to children and teenagers who need love and support. Although most youth in foster care are reunited with a parent or relative, a foster parent’s impact can last a lifetime. Hear what teens say about their foster parents.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Fostering can be the most rewarding and most challenging work that you ever do. We know there are many questions about the foster care system, the process to become a foster parent and what to expect once you have become a foster parent. These frequently asked questions and answers are a good place to start. Get answers to common questions.

What is Adoption in Colorado?

The Colorado Department of Human Services’ goal is to keep children and youth with their birth families. However, there are certain situations in which that is not possible or in the best interest of the child. In those situations, we seek adoptive families for the children and youth in foster care. There is always a need for families, especially for siblings groups and older youth.

Colorado Heart Gallery

The Colorado Heart Gallery helps Colorado's children find families. All of the children featured on the Colorado Heart Gallery live in the state and are waiting for an adoptive family to call their own. This project is a collaborative effort among volunteer photographers, the Colorado Department of Human Services and The Adoption Exchange. Meet Colorado youth waiting for a family.

Get Started

There are few limitations on who can adopt a child in Colorado, although everyone must pass a background check, complete training and receive a home study from a county human service department or child placement agency. The process does not have to be difficult and there are many resources available to support families. Learn more.

Colorado Adoptive Families

This year, more than 650 children and youth in foster care will be adopted. Every adoptee and every family has a story. Meet more of Colorado’s adoptive families.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that adoption is an emotional and time-intensive process for families, and you probably have many questions about adopting youth in foster care. Get answers to common questions.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.