Community Programs

Maple Star provides services to multiple counties and client populations. Maple Star focuses on permanence as evidenced by their KEEP Program.  KEEP stands for Key Essential Elements of Permanency and is being utilized by Denver County to support kinship providers and the children in their care.  Maple Star created and implemented this program to assist families and officials of participating counties and states in achieving and maintaining stability in the home and creating permanency for the related children.  Through an emphasis on family engagement, the KEEP Kinship Program focuses on family strengths in an effort to identify their challenges, engage the families in the process, and work to create self-sufficiency. The success of the program rests on this premise and is further enhanced by the availability of the KEEP kinship staff as well as the creativity they provide in responding to a family’s needs.  The KEEP kinship program is a strengths-based program that works in collaboration with the family and the county.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Permanency Director, Brooks Kaskela at  or (303) 250 8627.

ACES is a diligent search program serving Adams County.  ACES stands for Affirmative Connection and Engagement Services.  We strive to help the youth in foster care gain lifelong connections and support in their family and community.  With every placement and transition, connections have been lost in these children’s lives.  Healthy connections are an important part of a healthy future. To flourish as an adult, it helps to know one’s origins and have a deeper knowledge related to one’s identity.  ACES assists with providing this.  We provide search services to help locate connections and information about the youth’s past.  We reach out and engage the people in a youth’s life and work to bring them together in the way that the youth and the individual decide is most beneficial.  Our engagement specialists are trained in many therapeutic tools of communication and engagement, such as motivational interviewing and trauma informed care. We want to help you make lasting connections for the youth in your care.  Simply complete a referral in records management as you would typically do requesting diligent search services, and we will begin providing services at that time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Permanency Director, Brooks Kaskela at  or (303) 250 8627.

Maple Star’s Home Study program writes home studies for three metro counties as well as for private citizens seeking to adopt. For more information, contact Heather Morris at  or (303) 564 2595.

Maple Star provides Facilitated Visitation Services in the community or on-site for referral agencies such as Department of Human Services or at one of Maple Star’s locations.  Maple Star supervises visitations for a variety of clients and provides oversight and safety for the visits while also providing parent coaching as needed in an effort to mentor, coach and teach the parents engaged in the visit. For more information, contact Heather Morris at  or (303) 564 2595.

Parent Coaching is provided for parents who need or want support, education, and coaching related to parenting their child or children with special needs or challenging behaviors. The coaches are able to provide psycho-education based on scientific principles and specific interventions are then built on these principles. The parent coaches work specifically with the parents who are in need of additional support and resources in parenting or caring for their children due to challenging needs and/or behaviors. This service can be accessed by caseworkers for their clients as well as by private individuals who pay hourly rates for the services. For more information, contact Heather Morris at  or (303) 564 2595.