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Colorado Practice Model

The Division of Child Welfare Services with the assistance of the Mountain and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC) is proud to introduce the Colorado Practice Model (CPM). Colorado is committed to achieving positive outcomes for children and their families involved with the child welfare system. The Colorado Practice Model is an effort to develop a clear, consistent and cohesive approach to practice and service delivery. This framework was designed and developed collaboratively with child welfare staff and stakeholders across the state. To support Colorado on this journey, the Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center supported a three-year implementation project, which explores and defines a Colorado practice model and implement specific practice strategies that are directed towards improved outcomes for children and families.

Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau awarded a cooperative agreement to The University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, Center for Child Welfare to work in collaboration with University of Denver’s Butler Institute for Families and the Native American Training Institute, over a five year period to establish the Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC). The Implementation Center provides services to tribal and state child welfare agencies in federal Regions VI and VIII (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming).

Colorado submitted an application and was selected and has been approved as one of MPCWIC’s implementation sites. As a member of the Children’s Bureau’s training and technical assistance network, MPCWIC’s goal is to provide in-depth, long-term consultation and support to state and tribal child welfare agencies to develop and implement projects for systemic practice changes to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. 

Colorado is committed to achieving positive outcomes for children and their families involved with child serving agencies across the state and to shaping and implementing practice and system reform. To support Colorado on this journey, the MPCWIC three‐year implementation project will explore and define a Colorado practice model and implement specific practice strategies that are directed towards improved outcomes.

To learn more about the Colorado Practice Model visit copracticemodel.com