Foster Care & Adoption Services

What is foster care?

Foster care is the temporary care of children who have been removed from their own families. Children are removed from their families for a number of different reasons, including abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and family crisis. The children are in the legal care of the State, but—like every child—they need a family to care for them.

The purpose of foster care is to provide a safe, loving and supportive home for those children who cannot live with their family or on their own.  While the child is in foster care, a team consisting of caseworkers, mental health providers, life skills workers, and other professionals work to provide services to the child’s family, with the goal of healing and strengthening the family so that the child can be reunited with parents who are able to provide safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime.

The primary goal is to reunite children with their biological families; however if this is not possible, foster families may be given the option to provide permanent foster care or to adopt the child(ren) in their care.

Our agency works closely with all 64 Colorado counties and child welfare agencies within those counties to provide foster care for children ages 0-21.  Every year in Colorado about 8,000 children need foster homes. We believe every child deserves a permanent home where they are loved and cared for. We would love to talk to you about the children who need you.

Factors that may contribute to a child being removed from their parent’s care:

  • Abuse, neglect or emotional maltreatment
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical and/or mental illness
  • Insufficient family/community supports
  • Legal issues
  • Poverty/homelessness
  • Medical circumstances
  • Some parents are unable or unwilling to raise their children

Children usually continue to visit their own families, and when appropriate, they may be reunited with their biological parents. If reunification with family cannot safely occur, the children’s foster family may have the opportunity to adopt them.

Your Next Steps

If you are interested or would like to know more about becoming a foster parent please contact the recruiter for your area:

  • Northern Region: Pat Pisano – (970) 413-3296
  • Central Region: Christi Beach – (720) 891-2625
  • Southern Region: Patricia Dirkson – (719)344-2140

 

 

Have Questions?  Would you like to talk to someone?

Here is how you can get in touch with us:

If you live in Southern Colorado (Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Monument, Pueblo etc.)
Contact: Patricia Dirkson (719) 344-2140 or Patricia.Dirkson@pathways.com

If you live in Metro Denver/North Colorado (Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, Thornton, Fort Collins, Greeley, etc.)
Contact: Christi Beach (720) 891-2625 or Christi.Beach@pathways.com