The award was given to recognize county social services and human services departments around the state for new and creative programs they have developed over the past years. Each program was judged on qualities such as creativity, resourcefulness, and inventiveness with respect to providing better service to constituents.
Larimer County's PARENT Program (People Achieving Responsibility through Education, Nurturing and Training) assists non-custodial parents, mainly fathers, who owe child support. The goal is to help parents become more responsible both financially and emotionally regarding their children and realize the importance of participating in their children's lives. The program works closely with the Larimer County Workforce Center to help participants improve their employment situations by providing on-the-job training as well as providing parenting support classes. One success story includes a father with a child support obligation of more than $800.00 a month for his six children with which he had no contact. The program not only helped him meet his financial obligations but also put him in regular contact with his children. This program, with its creative curriculum and hands-on training, provides a much-needed method of involving otherwise non-involved parents back into a thriving relationship with their children. Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), first organized in 1907 and incorporated in 1974, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of counties whose purpose is to study and seek solutions to issues facing county government throughout the state. CCI service programs focus on education, information and legislative policy.