We’re Making Colorado One Of The Most Foster Friendly States

Here’s Why Foster Parents Need Our Community’s Support

Foster families can go from two kids at the dinner table to five around the breakfast table – a transition that starts with a late-night phone call, followed by scared, sleepy kids showing up on the doorstep, and foster parents who will say “Yes,” to setting aside comfort and routine to stand in the gap for vulnerable kids.

Sadly, nationwide nearly half of foster parents who go through the effort to become certified stop fostering within the first year, often due to a lack of social support.

State Director Tracee Rudd shares the importance of Foster Friendly communities to help families foster longer and stronger.

Colorado Kids Belong equips leaders in business, faith communities, government, and civic organization to create a Foster Friendly state.

What Does a Foster Friendly Colorado Look Like?

  • Businesses and employers show appreciation and support for fostering by offering discounts and services.
  • Faith Communities welcome and support children and families involved in kinship and foster care.
  • Organizations coordinate and communicate their efforts and events to kinship and foster parents.
  • More kinship foster parents serve our communities’ kids longer, and stronger, because they are seen and supported.
  • Government and other political leaders prioritize “improving the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care.”

Learn how you can get involved to help your neighborhood or community take steps to become Foster Friendly.