Department of Human Services

Stacie Kwitek-Russell, Director

172 Justice Center Road
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 275-2318
Fax: (719) 275-5206

Hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

For specific information on becoming a Kinship/ Foster/Adoptive Parent or Respite Care Provider for Fremont County  please contact:

Fremont County Department of Human Services
Foster Care Certification
172 Justice Center Road
Canon City, Colorado 81212

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Family First

The goal of the Fremont County Department of Human Services is to reunite children with their families.  If a child cannot be returned to their primary caregiver, every effort will be made to place that child with appropriate relatives or other caring adults in their life.  If after all relative options have been exhausted then we place children with a foster or foster-adopt family. 

Non-Relative or Foster Care/Fost-Adopt

Today, Fremont County Department of Human Services has approximately 20 certified foster homes (non-relative) to care for children and youth of our community.  Often times our foster homes are full, which requires that children who come into care must be placed outside of our community/county away from their schools, friends, neighbors and extended families.  It is traumatic enough to tell a child we have to place them with people they don’t know, but if the only foster family available is in another community/county, it only adds to the child’s anxiety and fear.

Should you become a Kinship/Foster/Adoptive Parent?

Some things to consider:

What is Foster Care?

Foster care means the placement of a child into the legal custody or legal authority of a county department of human/social services for physical placement of a child in a certified or licensed facility.
Foster care is intended to provide a substitute family for children for a temporary period of time, during which the family can work towards the goal of reunification.
Foster care is not a punishment for behavior and children in foster care are not bad.  Children in foster care may have a variety of behaviors as a result being abused and/or neglected; such as differed appearance due to physical abuse (bruises/cuts, low weight), parent-like behavior, hoarding food, shy and reserved, very talkative, etc.
Children and Youth may need foster care placements for a variety of reasons:

Basic Requirements
The following are basic requirements for the certification process:

-Are at least 21 years of age
-Are single, married, divorced, widowed, or in a stable domestic partnership
-Own or rent your home
-Have a valid driver’s license and car insurance
-Willing to transport the children to and from appointments to include school, visitation, and medical/dental appointments
-Willing to get your CPR/First Aid Certification and maintain it through the life of certification
-Willing to participate in the Family to Family Model (TDM’s, Icebreakers, keeping kids in their home communities and schools, etc.)
-Have adequate financial resources to sustain your household independently
-Demonstrate an adequate level of physical fitness and stamina to care for active children.
-Demonstrate personal characteristics/strengths needed to meet the challenges of parenting children with varying emotional and behavioral needs associated with trauma, grief and loss
-Are open to learn
-Can work in partnership with our county agency and are open to consult with others on a child’s professional team
-Can remain open to and maintain safe and appropriate connections with a child’s extended family of origin.

The Role of a Foster Parent:
Foster parents are caring, and committed individuals who open their hearts and home to meet the needs of children who must be placed in out-of-home care in order to be safe. A foster family provides the child with an emergency or temporary home and a supportive, stable family environment while the birth family addresses the concerns or situation that prevents them from parenting their child. Typically, foster parents care for the child until reunification with the birth family occurs, there is an adoption or guardianship with kin, or the child is legally available for adoption. Sometimes foster parents become the permanent home for the child through adoption.

How fostering is similar to parenting your own children?

How fostering is different from parenting your own children?

How is fostering similar to a job?

How is fostering different from a job?

Basic expectations of a foster parent:

Types of Foster/Adoptive Homes Fremont County needs:

Traditional Foster Care homes for youth ages zero to eighteen years of age.
Homes for sibling groups of all ages
Homes for Teens (both boys and girls)
Homes for Teen moms and pregnant teens
Respite homes

I’m Still Interested…now what?  How to start the process page

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