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About the Division of Child Welfare 
Colorado’s child welfare system is state supervised and county administered, of which there are 64 counties. The Division of Child Welfare oversees child welfare practice, provides policy direction, and provides 80% of the funding for services. Counties contribute approximately 20% of the funding through local revenues.

Colorado’s Division of Child Welfare is comprised of a specialized set of services that strengthen the ability of the family to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and ensure timely permanency planning. Services stabilize the family situation and strengthen the family’s capacity to care for their children. 

When safety is not possible within the family, services focus on the child’s need for a stable, permanent home as quickly as possible.  

The state supervised, county administered system’s success is dependent on the collaborative relationship between the state and counties.  CDHS has taken extensive steps to include its county partners in strengthening and enhancing Colorado’s child welfare system. This is evident in the formation of numerous task groups and committees in which state and county staff along with community partners collectively develop policy, practice, and new best practice initiatives.  Counties are charged with carrying out the practice of child welfare and administering direct services to children and families.