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BE THE REASON

A foster child feels valued, loved, and wanted.

Foster Family Program

BECOME A GRIFFITH CENTERS FOR CHILDREN CHINS UP FOSTER PARENT!

Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up is a local non-profit child placement agency. Our current certified foster parents are changing the lives of Colorado’s foster children, and YOU CAN TOO!

We are looking for caring and dedicated individuals and couples who love spending time enriching the lives of children and giving back to their community. If this describes you, please consider becoming a foster parent through Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up!

We work with various Colorado counties to help place foster children in loving and safe foster homes.  Foster children, ages 0 — 18 years old, are removed from their birth homes due to abuse and/or neglect.

YOU CHOOSE the age, gender, and number of foster children you want to provide for and assist. Because continuity of care is vitally important to Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up, and to the children and families we serve, we don’t just place a child in any foster home! Our goal is to place foster and adoptive children with the foster family that best meets their needs and personalities.

BENEFITS OF BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT THROUGH THE GRIFFITH CENTERS FOR CHILDREN CHINS UP:
  • first stepsNo application fee
  • No cost for background checks
  • No cost for pre-service and on-going training
  • No cost to conduct a SAFE Home Study
  • 24/7/365 support and crisis intervention
  • Monthly foster care reimbursement
  • Medical benefits are provided
  • Respite care is encouraged
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • Physically, emotionally, and fiscally able to care for children
  • Able to pass criminal background and child abuse registry checks
  • Complete pre-service and on-going training: 27 hours of Foster Parent Core Training, CPR/First Aid, as well as ongoing training to maintain your license.
  • Must have a verifiable form of income. Applicants currently receiving government assistance, i.e. Food Stamps, TANF will be denied. **Social Security or SSDI is considered a verifiable form of income.

ARE YOU READY TO BEGIN THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?

CONTACT OUR RECRUITMENT & LICENSING SPECIALIST TODAY:

E: maggie.petock@griffithcenters.org
P: 719-327-2013 (El Paso, Pueblo, Douglas, Freemont and Teller Counties)
P: 303-237-6865 ext. 123 (Denver, Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe and other Northern Counties)

 

Statistics

FOSTER CARE STATISTICS

National:

Preliminary FY1 2014 Estimates as of July 2015

Total # of children in foster care: 415,129

Total # of children waiting to be adopted from foster care: 107,918

52% of children in foster care are male

48% of children in foster care are female

Mean age of children in foster care: 8.7

Age Ranges of Children in National Foster Care:

39% are 0 to 5 years of age

31% are 6 to 12 years of age

30% are 13 and older

Source: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2014 data2

State of Colorado:

Report Time Period: January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Total # of children in foster care: 10,575

81.4% of children in foster care were reunified with biological parents, kin, or guardianship

8% of children in foster care were adopted by foster/adopt families

236 children in foster care emancipated without a permanent forever family

Types of Maltreatment- Substantiated Allegations by Type

13.4% of children were removed due to physical abuse

24.7% of children were removed due to neglect

15.0% of children were removed due to medical neglect

25.9% of children were removed due to sexual abuse

26.2% of children were removed due to physiological or emotional abuse

Source: Colorado Department of Human Services Community Performance Center

Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up:

Report Time Period: January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Total # of children cared for by agency foster families: 81

Total # of children adopted by agency foster/adopt families: 9

Total # of children who emancipated without a permanent forever family: 1

Average Length of Stay of a foster child in our foster homes before reunification = 226 days

Success Stories

FAMILY SUCCESS STORIES

The Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up is honored to have advocated for and supported, Jon and Sharon Barnett and Cathy C. as their licensing authority. These amazing foster/adopt families were recognized by Governor John Hickenloooper of Colorado, for their commitment and service to fostering and adopting children in need of a loving, safe and nurturing home environment. They chose to BE THE REASON children feel wanted, and so can you.

Contact

ARE YOU READY TO BEGIN THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?

CONTACT OUR RECRUITMENT & LICENSING SPECIALIST TODAY:

E: maggie.petock@griffithcenters.org
P: 719-327-2013 (El Paso, Pueblo, Douglas, Freemont and Teller Counties)
P: 303-237-6865 ext. 123 (Denver, Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe and other Northern Counties)