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Children, Youth & Family Division (CYF)

CYF works with children who are at risk of being abused or have been abused or neglected. It also works with children who are beyond their parent's control, have delinquent behavior, and/or have violated the law. CYF has a number of specialized programs devoted to serving the children and families of Larimer County. The CYF mission statement is very clear and fits the nature of the department's function. It expresses an integrated approach to child protection, family, and juvenile justice.

CYF Values

CYF strongly supports the right of children to be safe. It is believed that it is the whole community's responsibility to support and ensure the welfare of children. Some of the department's values are:

  • The well being of children is a community responsibility of which the agency has a vital role.
  • Parents are first and foremost/responsible for raising their children.
  • Extended family plays an integral role in raising children and helping parents.
  • Children have a right to ongoing relationships with parents and kin, wherever and whenever possible.
  • The department is committed to respecting individual family culture.
  • Caseworkers, in partnership with the community, have a responsibility to identify all possible resources that ensure family safety and functioning.
  • Child placement is not the solution; it is part of the process to ensure safety.

To Report Child Abuse or Neglect: 498-6990   (24 hours a day/7 days a week)

CYF Services

All CYF services are accessed through The Hub, a coordinated multi-agency single entry process.

Additional Information

Phone list (Children, Youth & Family Division staff)

Larimer County Child Protection Teams (CPT) are multidisciplinary teams that carry out an advisory role and review assessments conducted by the Larimer County Department of Human Services - Child and Family Services . In Larimer County there are three Child Protection Teams: Fort Collins community CPT, Loveland community CPT, and Estes Park community CPT.

What to do when you have a concern about the Child Welfare System

State of Colorado Child Welfare Rules and Regulations

Larimer County CYF Statistics (on Compass)

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