DENVER (October 12, 2022) – Federal partners in Colorado have approved a five-year prevention services plan, which will support families, prevent circumstances that lead to child abuse and provide steps to intervene when child abuse has been identified for ensure that children and young people remain safe at home or with family carers whenever possible.
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Family First Prevention Plan was approved Sept. 28 after a review by the Children’s Bureau, an organized federal agency under the Department’s Children and Families Administration. American Health and Human Services. The Family First (Family First) Prevention Services Act is a federal law that allows local child welfare agencies to use federal funds to pay for services that keep children safe. children growing up in their family.
“CDHS has made it a priority to proactively support families with research-based services,” said Minna Castillo Cohen, Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. “Colorado has taken the prevention approach for some time, and we’re glad the federal government is moving in the same direction, funding a system that serves families while keeping parents and children together. We couldn’t be happier that our plan has been approved.
Colorado’s child welfare system is transforming, and CDHS has made an intentional shift to focus on strengthening families, keeping families together safely, and, when necessary, placing children and youth in a family setting. These changes have produced positive results for the state’s most vulnerable children, youth and families. Less than 1.2% of children re-enter child protection services within 12 months and the average daily out-of-home population (children who are removed from their homes) has fallen from 3.8 per 1,000 to 3, 5 per 1,000 in fiscal year 2021-2022.
This approval of the Prevention Plan means Coloradans will begin to see tailored resources for families who are already involved in the child welfare system, greater effort to prevent abuse and neglect, and better outcomes for young people involved in the child protection system.
The Office of Children, Youth and Families is responsible for coordinating effective, quality services for Colorado’s most vulnerable children, youth and their families. The office oversees Colorado’s child welfare system and manages the state’s youth services system, as well as several other programs.