Griffith Centers for Children

Foster Care

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR FOSTER PARENTS IN COLORADO.

 

Become a Foster Parent(719) 220-4066
Our Mission & Vision

Griffith Centers Foster Care Services

 At the Griffith Centers for Children, Chins Up, we are looking for caring and dedicated people who love spending time enriching the lives of children, giving back to their community, and are ready to be the change they wish to see in the world.

How to Become a Foster or Foster to adopt parent

The First Step

Get Started

We understand that starting the process of becoming a foster parent might feel daunting and overwhelming, which is why we here at Griffith Centers are here to help you along every step of the way! 

Interested in becoming a foster parent? We’ll make it easy for you! Below you’ll find a guided process that will help walk you through each of the things we’ll need to get you started.

Contact Us

Contact our agency staff at 719-220-4066 for Southern Colorado or (Denver recruitment number) for Northern Colorado.  You can also email us at FosterCareRecruitment@griffithcenters.org

During this phone call, we’ll look to help better explain the Colorado foster care system and answer any questions you may have! 

Apply

Complete the Foster Care Application and email it to us directly at FosterCareRecruitment@griffithcenters.org.

Once the application is received and accepted by our agency staff, we’ll then schedule an appointment to meet with you and your family. We would love to spend some time getting to you know as well as having you get to know us, we want this to be as comfortable of a process as possible for you! 

With that said, Griffith Centers for Children will actually absorb the majority of the costs associated with applying for licensing! We understand that you and your family will have other things to focus on so we’ll do our part and will take care of all costs associated with CBI & FBI background checks as well as any costs incurred form the Colorado Central Registry.

Let’s Get You Trained

There are a number of required trainings that you’ll need to complete throughout the process but we’ll try and make sure these are as convenient as possible for you.  Here at Griffith Centers for Children we actually provide you with the 12 hours of required State of Colorado training needed to be a foster parent.  Throughout the training, you will have an opportunity to get to know other couples and individuals going through the same licensing process as you!  You’ll also get the chance to meet other foster parents to let you hear firsthand their stories of why they chose foster care.  We will go over what is expected of you as a foster parent, what to expect from the child, and how we will be with you for every step of your journey.   

Complete a S.A.F.E. Home Study with us!

Throughout the home study, we will walk you through the process which typically begins with an interview.  The home study will help us determine together the type of child that would best fit your family.  We will also conduct a physical home inspection to ensure sure that your home is safe and meets the requirements within the regulation. However, this is not a pass or fail inspection, we will work with you throughout it. Your home study is not complete until you have read it and signed it. 

Finally, you will be licensed as a Griffith Centers foster parent! 

Once a child is placed, that is when the real work begins.  We will be asking a lot of you as a foster parent, but nothing more than any of us here at Griffith Centers would be willing to do. We will ask you to love them, care for them, keep them safe and treat them as your own. We also ask that you as their foster parents plant seeds within their lives that may bloom for years to come as they continue growing and their minds continue shaping.  These children will quickly become a part of your home and a part of your family as you and your family will be teaching them that they are indeed worth being loved!

FAQs

Q: Why Griffith Centers for Children?

Griffith Centers for Children has been a part of the Colorado landscape for over 90 years!

We also help serve communities around the state through other areas like:

  • Community-Based Programs
  • Truancy Programs
  • Therapy
  • Visitation
  • Family Preservation
  • We support our foster parents by providing access to some of these programs should they need support while having children placed in their care.
  • 24/7 Support Services and On-call
  • We cover the costs to get you licensed! Outside of co-pays for you and your family’s required physicals, we take care of the rest and provide all of the necessary training requirements.
  • A caring and experienced team of staff members with over 60 years of combined experience in the Child Welfare system on various levels.
Q: I am not married. Can I still foster?

A: Yes. Foster parents can be single, divorced, or widowed. You must be over age 21 to qualify in most states. GCC also welcomes unmarried partners wanting to foster.

Q: How much does training cost?

A: There is no monetary cost for training in most locations, however a fee for CPR/First Aid training is sometimes required. The investment primarily involves your time and emotional commitment. Some online training classes are offered in most locations.

Q: Do I have to own my home?

A: No. As long as you have space for a foster child, you can qualify.

Q: How do I know if I qualify to be a foster parent?

A: GCC conducts informational sessions outlining the foster care licensing process. Following the initial session, adults wishing to proceed will receive training on topics including support systems, trauma, safety, and behavior management. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, click here.

Q: How are medical visits covered for foster children?

A: As a foster parent, you are responsible for ensuring children in your care receive medical attention and treatment when needed. Medicaid covers all foster youth medical costs.

Q: What types of children should we expect as foster parents?

Although no child is the same, we typically work with children who are: 

  • Between the ages of 0-18 years old
  • Scared and coming into a stranger’s home
  • From all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions
  • Recovering from trauma due to abuse/ and/or neglect
  • Grieving due to being apart from their family and family members
  • Maybe in your home for a day up to a year
  • Experiencing their first placement
  • Coming to you after having been in multiple placements
  • In need of a safe place to stay until able to return home or find placement with relatives
  • By themselves or coming with siblings
  • Coming with nothing or with everything they own
Q: Can I adopt a child by doing foster care and what does that process look like?

The answer is yes, however, if your main goal is to adopt a baby or very young child, you may want to look towards a private adoption or look at adopting older children or children with special needs. The priority in foster care is to work towards the goal of reunification with their biological parents or with other family members. If the child/children cannot be reunited with their parents or placed with a family member, then the foster parents for that child/children will be asked if they would like to adopt. Foster-to-adopt parents may have multiple placements go through their home before the right children become available for them to adopt.

Adopt

Recent Adoptions

Alex

February is the time to celebrate our loved ones! We got to experience this firsthand when Alex found his forever home through Griffith Center Foster Care Program.

Madden & Macklen

We started considering becoming foster parents in the Fall of 2015 when we saw something on Facebook for the Colorado Heart Gallery. While we had always known we wanted to be parents and adoption had also been something we considered, we recognized that more foster homes were needed as a safe place for children while their families healed. We became certified foster parents in the Spring of 2016 and had our first placement of a sibling group in the Fall of that year.
In November of 2017, after having opened our home to seven other children, Madden was placed in our home shortly after she was born. While the previous seven children in our home either reunified with their biological parents or other family members, Madden was adopted on October 2, 2019, and became our forever daughter.
In September of 2018, Macklen was placed in our home shortly after he was born as our 10th foster placement. After two and a half years, we adopted Macklen on March 10, 2021, and he became our forever son.
We continue to open our home to children after five years and have been the safe space for 18 children that came from 13 different families. We are fortunate to have been the safe space for so many children and we are even more fortunate to have witnessed the reunification of many of these children with their families.

Basic Requirements of Fostering

Individuals or couples who are interested in becoming foster parents must meet state requirements for foster licensure, including but not limited to:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Have a stable income
  • Have separate living space in your home for a youth
  • Own or rent place of residence
  • Single, married, or unmarried partners

GCC Foster Care Recuitment

Address:

17 Farragut Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: (719) 220-4066
Email: fostercarerecruitment@griffithcenters.org

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