Our child protection permanency teams are responsible for the following services:
Families who are assessed at a higher risk are involved in a formal child welfare case and receive direct services from our permanency team until safety concerns are resolved.
Families with an open case are invited to a Listening to the Needs of Kids (LINKS) meeting at our office initially upon a case being open and every 90 days to address and set a plan to resolve safety concerns.
The safety plan sets up services for the family, such as substance abuse and mental health treatment for parents and children, therapy, parenting and life-skills training, and public assistance.
We strive to serve children and families in their own homes, when safe and possible.
If there is an immediate safety concern in the home, a child may be temporarily removed for their protection and court involvement might be necessary.
We strive to place children with kin (relatives and friends) whenever possible, but may have to use foster homes, group homes and residential treatment facilities for temporary care.
Parents whose children are placed in out-of-home care are invited to visit them frequently during scheduled parenting time at our offices in Aurora or Littleton.
Our main goal is reunifying children safely with their parents after safety concerns have been resolved.