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COLORADO

Colorado Kids Belong began when Adopt Colorado Kids was established in 2013 by Founder, Julie Mavis, to address the foster care crisis in Colorado. Through strategic partnerships with the State and other organizations, Adopt Colorado Kids helped hundreds of waiting children and youth find forever homes. 

In 2015, Adopt Colorado Kids helped launch America’s Kids Belong to begin tackling the foster care crisis in other states. In 2019, Colorado launched as a state chapter of America’s Kids Belong and continues to be laser-focused on Colorado’s children and youth who are impacted by foster care and the need for belonging. 

MEETING THE NEEDS OF COLORADO CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

TOGETHER

Colorado’s Kids

On an average day in Colorado, 14 children or teens enter foster care because their parents need time to learn new skills to become the parents their children need them to be.

There are approximately 5000 children in foster care or other out-of-home placement in Colorado. Of these, there are approximately 800 children and teens living in a congregate setting, such as residential treatment center or a group home. Many of these 800 children and teens are ready to live with a foster family, where they are better able to heal from their past traumatic experiences, but no foster family is available to care for them. Over 400 are available for adoption. In other words, Colorado is experiencing a shortage of foster and adoptive parents.

When children age-out of the system at 18 without a family, they are significantly more likely to experience homelessness, unplanned pregnancy, incarceration, sex trafficking, mental health issues, poverty, addiction, dropping out of school, suicide, and losing their own kids to foster care.

The Solution Is…

YOU

YOU CAN HELP SOLVE THIS CRISIS WHERE YOU LIVE

 

Are you a Business Leader? You can make dreams come true for kids in foster care and be a foster friendly business (like you might be with military families). We can advise you.

Are you a Faith Leader? You can use your calling and your community to recruit and support more than enough foster and adoptive families. We can equip you.

Are you a Creative Leader? You can use your skills and your platform to advocate for kids in foster care – giving them a face and a voice. We can train you.

Are you a Government Leader? You can run a collaborative campaign with the leaders above to sustainably improve the story for kids in foster care and for the families who care for them. We can guide you.

Until Every Child Belongs

We empower leaders in government, faith-based, business, and creative sectors to end the crisis for kids in foster care.

With a wide-variety of influencers on board, we can combine a number of our proven methods to help meet needs within the foster care system. Since beginning work in Colorado, alongside numerous faith leaders, government workers, foster advocates, artists & creatives, as well as a host of generous donors, we’ve already seen amazing things happen.

I Belong Project ™

 

The I Belong Project ™ started as a Colorado initiative and has become one of America’s Kids Belong signature programs in other states. The I Belong Project™ uses high quality videography to give children in foster care a face and a voice. These videos serve as individual recruitment tools for foster children who are legally-free for adoption and are waiting for their forever family.

America’s Kids Belong Colorado is contracted with Larimer County to recruit and support foster and adoptive families for Larimer County’s waiting children and youth.

FOSTER & ADOPT

Prospective Parents

 

Every day we meet more individuals and families who are considering taking the leap to become foster parents. We know you probably have a lot of questions and would need more answers before committing. That’s normal.

Just don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from moving forward. Together we can give every child a face and a voice. Together we can show each child that they are precious, seen, and worthy of belonging.

Next Steps

Become a Foster Parent

While you may foster or adopt from any county or through a child placement agency, a good place to start the process is by calling your local county department. You might also google “[your county] foster care” to see if they hold informational meetings. The button below will take you to the State web page that lists all Colorado Counties and Agencies.

Become a Foster Adoptive Parent

Access answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click the button below:

Contact us with questions and/or request our Adoption Interest Paper, or email Tracee Rudd using the button below:

Contact Us

If you would simply like to know more about the Colorado Kids Belong, or if you have general questions about foster care and foster care adoption, we welcome your interest and look forward to assisting you however we can. Please use the button below to contact Tracee Rudd.

JOIN THE STORY

Together we can give every child a face and a voice.
Together we can show each child that they are precious, seen, and worthy of belonging.

 

Will You Join Us?

OUR IMPACT PARTNERS

Belong Foundation

Building Foundation

Members of the Building Foundation

Ron and Linda Schaefer
Richard and Janette Verhey
Ryan and Melissa Schaefer

Larry Gayeksi and Jenny Foster 
Shannon and Scott Kimber 

 

 

Belong Partner

Members of Belong Partners

Discovery Church
Evan and Melissa Garber
Used Car Dealers of Colorado Charity Fund – CIADA
Chrisland Real Estate Companies
Spillt
The Group Inc.
Miriam and CJ Conant
Shannon Green
SNS Ironworks

Building Partner

Members of Building Partners

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

 

 

 

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          OUR TEAM

          Kristy DeAnda

          State Director
          Larimer County Recruiter

          Email Kristy

          Tracee Rudd

          Community Engagement &
          I Belong Project™ Manager

          Email Tracee

          Mimi Salonen

          Events & Donor Relations

          Email Mimi

          Simon Lovell

          Web & Creatives

          RESOURCES

          Books:

          From Fear to Love by Bryan Post

          Born for Love by Dr. Bruce Perry

          Parenting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky

          Parenting Adopted Adolescents by Gregory Keck

          The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis and David Cross

          No Drama Discipline by Daniel Seigel and Tina Bryson

          The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Seigel and Tina Bryson

          Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

          Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control by Heather T. Forbes

          Help for Billy by Heather T. Forbes

          The Lucky Few by Heather Avis

          The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

          Films:

          ReMoved –  View Part 1 l View Part 2

          Lion – View in IMDB

          Paper Tigers (KPJR Films)

          Instant Family

          Foster – (HBO Documentary)

          I am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story

          CONTACT

          Kristy DeAnda
          kdeanda@cokidsbelong.org

          1540 Main Street
          Unit 218 #331
          Windsor, Colorado 80550

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