Child and family services

Child and family services

Children and families in Colorado can look different depending on who you are: the family of five, the teenager attending high school or a single adult. When we talk about children and families, we mean helping each member of your family — whatever that looks like and wherever they are in Colorado.

There are also many different services available to assist children and families in Colorado. Check out the services that are available to you below.

Adoption creates supportive, loving families for children, teens and adults. Working with our partners, CDHS assists with the adoption process in Colorado.

CDHS administers Colorado Shines, the state's child care quality rating program, which connects parents and caregivers with quality early learning programs.

The Colorado Child Support Services Program works with parents and caretakers to make sure all Colorado kids get the financial support they need to thrive.

CDHS's Division of Child Welfare works to strengthen the ability of families to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and ensure timely permanency planning.

CDHS's Domestic Violence Program partners with communities to promote the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and prevent domestic violence across Colorado.

CDHS's Office of Early Childhood provides leadership to align resources for children, families, and early childhood professionals to best prepare Coloradans for future success.

CDHS coordinates Colorado's foster care system, in which foster parents provide a safe, temporary home for children and youth whose parents or caregivers are unable to care for them.

Kinship caregivers are relatives, friends or neighbors who care for a child or youth who cannot remain safely in their home due to reasons such as child abuse, substance abuse, or death of a parent.

The Colorado Sexual Health Initiative provides youth with age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-based strategies to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.