Resources For You
This page provides online resources to help families caring for children in foster care. We have made these important resources accessible. We hope it's beneficial please take a look!
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America's Kids Belong
Hundreds of thousands of kids in the U.S. foster care system are unseen and suffering, left to feel like they don’t belong. They equip communities to dramatically improve their experiences and outcomes so they can thrive in safe, loving families and supportive communities where they belong.
In 2013 Adopt Colorado Kids began. In 2015 the team embarked on a mission to scale its impact nationwide, founding America’s Kids Belong, and thier flagship chapter became Colorado Kids Belong.
Who they are: Foster Source is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering trauma education, relief services and therapeutic services to foster and kinship families throughout Colorado. They partner with the Colorado Department of Human Services, many of Colorado’s 64 counties, as well as dozens of child placement agencies, partner non-profits and schools
Why they Exist: Up to 70% of new foster parents quit within the first 1-2 years. Foster Source is changing that. They know that when they pour services into foster parents, they foster better and they foster longer. When this happens, children remain in stable placements and heal.
2 1 1
They know it can often times be difficult and overwhelming to know where to go for help. 2-1-1 Colorado streamlines services and provides one central location where people can get connected to the resources they need. With a database that is updated daily, 2-1-1 Colorado can connect you to critical resources simply by dialing a three-digit number. Whether you are searching for a shelter availability, childcare, or rent payment assistance – 2-1-1 can connect you to available resources in your community.
Their Vision: Project VOYCE envisions a world with representative leadership for a more just and equitable society.
Their Mission: Project VOYCE’s mission is to partner with youth to cultivate transformational leadership that addresses the root causes of inequity in underrepresented communities by training, employing, organizing, and building equitable youth-adult partnerships.
CO4Kids is Colorado’s campaign to raise awareness of ways to prevent child abuse and neglect and the need for foster and adoptive families in every community. The campaign, which is run by the Colorado Department of Human Services, includes the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 844-CO-4-Kids (844-263-5437). This 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year hotline is a resource for Coloradans to connect families to the support they need to thrive.
Their Approach: FosterClub’s approach is to engage and empower those who have the most at stake in transforming the foster care system: young people themselves. FosterClub creates and connects young people from foster care with unique tools and programs, and engages young people to transform life for themselves, their peers, and to ultimately improve the child welfare system.
Lutheran Family Services
Their Mission: Rooted in the values of kindness, dignity, and social justice, LFSRM strengthens communities by providing support, guidance, and resource coordination to individuals and families throughout the rocky mountain region.
Their Vision: Every individual and family is safe, supported and thriving and part of a resilient and flourishing community.
Dolly's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.
After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world. Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.
In their society today, when many Americans think about poverty, they tend to think in economic categories. You may have heard someone comment, “They just need to get a job!” as if that would solve the problem. While a good job may help someone escape poverty for a time, most cycle back in within 3-5 years. So, there is more at play than mere economics.
They see people as unique creations of God who possess the dignity, worth, and value necessary to achieve their potential. They exist to help them see their true potential and to activate it so as to stop generational poverty. While money can help someone escape financial poverty, holistic transformation builds a life of flourishing.
Hope & Home
Foster care agency that trains, licenses, and supports foster families across Colorado. Hosts special, one-of-a-kind events and activities for children in foster care, as well as provides resources such as clothing, toys, shoes, and much more to foster families.
As a nondenominational Christian charity, Hope & Home trains and actively supports foster families all across the Front Range who feel compelled by Christ’s command to take care of “the least of these.”
Abused and neglected children who’ve been removed from their birth homes get a stable and nurturing family to live with until it’s safe to go home again, or — when that safety isn’t possible — a family to give them a “forever home” through adoption.
Creating a Family
Creating a Family is the national adoption & foster care education and support nonprofit. Their mission is to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Their vision is that every adopted and foster child has a family who understands their unique gifts and challenges and is equipped to help them thrive. All of their resources are expert-based and trauma-informed. Creating a Family does not discriminate against age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
Just As Special
Just As Special aggregated more than 200 resources throughout the state of Colorado to address the challenges and triumphs foster families and former kids in care face every day. Listed resources are pre-screened to ensure inclusivity and are trauma-informed whenever possible.
Two local organizations – Just As Special and Cobbled Streets – have joined forces to support the foster care community through the creation of a resource database for the state of Colorado.
Kids Club 360
Kids Club 360 is the best before and after school child care program for kids 5-12 years old in the Pikes Peak Region. They have the best staff, the most effective programs, the most convenient locations, and the most competitive prices. It’s easy - drop your child off at school as early as 6:00 am and they’ll take it from there. Kids participate in fun, enriching activities until school begins and then again after school ends until 6:00pm.
They provide homework help and educational programs, they encourage positive interactions, and they focus on building character and leadership skills.
Here at Kids Club 360, they build meaningful relationships with their kids and families, because, at the end of the day, it comes down to focusing on what’s most important - you and your kids!
The Matthews House
An organization that seeks to help kids in foster care who have aged out and become homeless. They focus on five core areas: housing, well-being, education, employment, and life skills.
Their agency provides the resources and support necessary to empower youth to take control of their lives, shape positive futures for themselves and become successful contributors to their community. The Matthews House family programs were created to aid in securing the foundation of loving familial structures. They help families set and attain goals and support them in the process.
Educate individuals about state laws, legislation and policy in support of grandfamilies. Assist interested policymakers, advocates, caregivers, and attorneys in exploring policy options to support relatives and the children in their care. Provide technical assistance and training
Youth on Record
YOR recognizes that education alone can not solve for systemic injustice, nor can it alone liberate youth. Art is a powerful tool, but it also cannot bear the sole responsibility for creating more equitable communities. Still, education and art, when integrated under the right framework, are powerful tools toward liberation and equity.
YOR designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resourced communities with the skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks.
Colorado Crisis Services
Their centers are open 24/7 unless otherwise noted. Walk in and get in-person, confidential crisis support, information and referrals right when you need it most.
Colorado Crisis Services' Walk-In Center locations are open and continue to serve Coloradans in need by providing counseling support and resources throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. Note that individual locations may be subject to temporary status changes related to COVID. They encourage you to reach out to the crisis line by phone or text at any time.
Kids First Health Care
They pediatric health care providers are dedicated to providing high quality health care for Adams County children. Established in 1978, they operate under the philosophy that every child deserves health care. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created specifically to meet the needs of children ages birth to 21 who otherwise could not afford health care. They are governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Raise The Future
Since their founding in 1983, Raise the Future has designed and implemented evidence-based, wraparound services that reduce the amount of time youth in foster care live without a permanent family. Their programs increase the likelihood of forming and sustaining positive connections that help to transform their futures.
Colorado Association of Family & Children’s Agencies (CAFCA) is the alliance of agencies committed to providing quality care, leadership, and accountability in services to children, youth and families across Colorado. Member agencies represent a broad continuum of trauma-informed services for child welfare, juvenile justice, homeless youth, education, behavioral and mental health, residential care, foster care, placement stability and related services for children, youth and families who have experienced trauma, instability, risk and adversity. CAFCA agencies offer best practices and trauma-informed services that provide safety, stability and healing leading to better life-long outcomes. CAFCA is a non-profit membership association founded in 1982. CAFCA is an active member of Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and National Association of State Associations for Children (NOSAC). CAFCA is represented by Cavan Consulting, LLC for lobbying and government affairs.
Clothes to Kids of Denver
The mission of Clothes To Kids of Denver is to provide new and quality used clothing to students from low-income or in-crisis families in the Denver Metro Area, free of charge.
No referrals necessary just call to make an appointment!
COMPASSION To provide a cheerful, friendly atmosphere where those we serve feel comfortable and welcome.
RESPECT To be respectful and considerate of those we serve and not question or judge the circumstances that bring them to us.
SELF-ESTEEM To build students’ self-esteem by providing them with clothing that makes them feel good about themselves.
SERVICE To work hard and give our best to help those we serve.
More Resources and Activities
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