A growing number of children in out of home care are cared for by their relatives. Relatives have no legal obligation to become children's caregivers, but the Department's goal is to place children with relatives or close family friends whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Law requires certified kinship caregivers to complete the requirements of standard foster care with some elements being specific to kin families. It will be your responsibility to do the following:
This process usually needs to be completed within 60 days of the child's placement in your home.
In addition to Medicaid services for the child, the Department reimburses for the care of the child on a monthly basis.
Since the requirements of this program are extensive and time consuming, our staff strives to offer a high level of support and resources to assist the kinship family.
Here is an outline of the training that we provide:
The Kinship Program provides a Kinship Caseworker for each family, a monthly newsletter and training self tests, additional training opportunities, and support and referrals for services for the family.
If you have questions regarding the Kinship Program, please contact Shannon Reif by email or by calling 498-6586.
Relatives who wish to provide temporary care, supervision, and support to children who have been removed from their parents' homes due to allegations of abuse or neglect may have the option of having temporary custody of the children. With this living arrangement, the Department of Human Services performs a background check on the relatives and observes the home for safety factors, but the relatives do not have to complete the Kinship certification process to care for the children. DHS will provide information regarding supportive services within the community and help the family with referral to possible financial assistance through the Benefits Planning Division of the Department. Families who have temporary custody of children are not eligible for reimbursement of the children's care, but Medicaid may be available for the children's medical costs. Relatives who have temporary custody of children will still be required by the Court and by the Department to comply with safety plans and protective orders that are put in place to ensure the children's safety.
If relatives wish to acquire temporary custody of the child(ren), they may file a motion by writing the request to:
Magistrate Kent Spangler
201 Laporte Avenue Suite 100
Fort Collins, CO 80521-2761
The motion, or letter, must include the case name and the case number and copies must be sent to all parties involved. Parties include, but are not limited to, the Department of Human Services, the County Attorney, the Guardian ad Litem, the Respondents (parents of the child, if not represented by an attorney), Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Respondent Attorneys.
Relatives who choose to motion the Court for temporary custody may also choose to hire an attorney of their own, however this is not required.
If you have questions about obtaining temporary custody, please contact the child's caseworker or the Guardian Ad Litem. Please remember that only your attorney can give you legal advice.