Foster care in Colorado

How is foster care defined: Foster care is a temporary home where adults provide a safe home for children and teens. Social services agencies are always in need of families who are willing to care for children including those with special needs, sibling groups, older youth and young people who speak a different language.

Colorado needs 1,200 more foster families within the next two years (2018-2019). (source: Denver Post, October 25, 2017)

How to become a foster parent: To become a foster parent, you must be a minimum of 21 years old and go through the necessary certification steps regulated by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Contact your county department of human services or a child placement agency and attend an information meeting.

Every foster parent must complete core training and other trainings, such as CPR and first aid. The county or child placement agency that you are working with may also require other trainings. Each year, it is required that foster parents complete additional trainings to maintain their certification

Who can become a foster parent: In Colorado*, there are some very simple requirement restrictions one needs to become a foster parent. There are no restrictions on who can foster based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or marital status.


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete training and receive a home study
  • Must be able to use sound judgment and demonstrate a responsible, stable and emotionally mature lifestyle.

*Check with your state and local Department of Human Services for foster parent qualifications

Colorado Foster Care Statistics:

  • Each day 14 children and teens are placed in foster care
  • There are 2,231 children and teens living with a foster family
  • There are just over 2,000 foster certified foster homes
  • 831 children and teens live in a group home or residential treatment facility to receive the behavioral support they need to stabilize from the trauma they have endured
  • Colorado needs 1,200 more foster families within the next two years (2018-2019)

If you have time and patience to dedicate to helping a young person work through the challenges that often accompany a difficult childhood, the foster care system needs your help.

Click here for more information on becoming a foster parent from the Colorado Department of Human Services website.

Learn more about Foster Care and Adoption on the website.