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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 Foster Care collaborates with various Colorado counties to help place children, 0-18 years of age, into certified and safe foster and adoptive homes.

We offer three types of licensing services to our families in the community –

Foster – Only:  for families who want to open their home to children in need of a temporary safe haven or until the courts order reunification is possible for the child and their first family (biological).

Foster – Adopt: for families who want to adopt from the foster care system. These families may have seen a child who is legally-free on the Colorado Heart Gallery or Adoption Exchange, and they have called upon us to support them as their licensing authority.

Therapeutic Foster Care: for families with specialized parenting skills, who are trauma-informed, and resource connected. These families assist a child or youth who has graduated from of a residential facility or group home center, and who can be safe in a foster home in the community. These families are licensed to provide short or long-term therapeutic foster care. They do have the opportunity to adopt from foster care if and when it is in the best interest of the child.

As a foster and adoptive family with the Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up, our families have come to expect a myriad of services and support: initial and on-going trainings, access to a number of audio and visual continual education units, support meetings, agency hosted holiday events and celebrations, professional support, 24/7 crisis intervention, financial reimbursement, respite care, and wrap-around service options.

Because the continuity of care is important to the Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up, we do not simply place a child in any foster home.

Our goal is based on a goodness of fit model – to place foster and adoptive children in the foster home that would complement and enrich the lives of everyone involved.

Our foster and adoptive families are changing the lives of Colorado’s children, and you can too! We are looking for caring and dedicated people who love spending time enriching the lives of children, giving back to their community, and are ready to be the change they wish to see in the world.

If this describes you, then consider becoming a foster parent through the Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up!

first steps

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 DIRECTOR OF FOSTER CARE, MAGGIE PETOCK, M.Ed., 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 Maurice and Amber Taylor 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 DIRECTOR OF FOSTER CARE 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)