Aug. 4, 2015 (Denver) – Efforts to provide critical supports to at-risk families with children ages five and younger received a boost today with the expansion of SafeCare Colorado to nine additional counties.
The new counties served are: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, Weld, El Paso, and Douglas.
SafeCare Colorado offers proactive in-home, voluntary services that support at-risk families in understanding the health, development and safety needs of young children. The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) program is one piece of Gov. John W. Hickenlooper’s
multi-faceted approach to child welfare, called “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0.”
“We are very excited about the opportunities that this voluntary program offers,” said Mary Anne Snyder, Director of the Office of Early Childhood for the CDHS. “Many families referred to the child welfare system are either screened out, or closed after assessment, without
receiving services. We continue to be more proactive in helping families by expanding preventative programs throughout the state.”
SafeCare Colorado uses a nationally recognized, evidence-based, in-home parent education program to provide direct skills training to caregivers in the areas of parenting, home safety, and child health. Staff at the newly selected SafeCare Colorado sites will be trained in the fall and can take referrals from community-based organizations, child welfare services, and even parents seeking help.
New SafeCare Colorado Sites: