DENVER (February 28, 2017) — A program that provides support services to families is now available in Denver County following a new partnership between the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and Denver Human Services (DHS) designed to prevent incidents
of child abuse and neglect.
The Colorado Community Response program is a nearly $3 million CDHS effort that aims to provide additional resources to families who are not currently involved in the child welfare system, yet may need services to reduce the potential for such intervention. With the
addition of Denver County this year, the program is now in 29 counties in Colorado. Denver is the first county to provide matching dollars – $50,000 – for the program.
“We’re excited to engage families in Denver County and help prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Aaron Miller, Colorado Community Response project manager for CDHS. “This program helps bring positive change to families’ lives through increased economic security
and improved family functioning, strengthening families' protective factors, building social capital and connecting to concrete resources. We’re so honored that Denver County requested the program and is helping to fund it locally.”
The program offers comprehensive voluntary family-focused services, including family engagement, case management, resource referral, home visits, collaborative goal-setting, financial coaching and one-time financial assistance. Services are offered to families who have been reported to Child Protective Services for child abuse or neglect but were subsequently screened out or received a closed assessment. The program is a part of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s multi-faceted approach to child welfare, called “Keeping Kids Safe and
Families Healthy 2.0.”
“Children ages 5 and under are some of the most vulnerable in our community and are often most at-risk of being subjected to abuse or neglect; however, by giving parents access to simple supports in the home we can change the course of their young lives for the better,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “We are pleased to partner with the Colorado Department of Human Services to implement the Colorado Community Response pilot program in Denver to further strengthen our work to connect parents of young children and expecting mothers to resources that help them grow and thrive as parents and help their kids lead healthy, successful lives.”
Colorado Community Response began as three-year pilot program in 2013. A final evaluation of the pilot will be released in summer 2017. Services began in Denver County in January.