Foster Care

Child with Foster Care Wanted Poster
How to Become a Foster Family
Park County Human Services is looking for foster families to work with us as a part of the county team.

Foster care is a protective service to children and their families when families can no longer care for their children. Foster parents embrace children, value their family connection, and provide a home free of abuse and neglect until they can return home, be adopted or live independently. They must be willing to care for a child, whether they are in the home for 1 day or for a year.

All foster parents must be certified in order to provide care for children. The best way to start the process is to make a phone call to Park County Human Services at (719) 836-4165 so we may send you information about the agency and the certification process. You may fill out the Original Application to Care for Children to start the process. Mail a completed application to:

Park County Department Human Services (PCDHS)
PO Box 1193
Bailey, CO 80421.

The key qualification is being able to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of a child. Foster parents are expected to:
  • Provide 24-hour care and supervision on a daily basis
  • Provide shelter, food and clothing
  • Provide each child with a comfortable, separate bed and adequate space for each child’s belongings
  • Provide structure, rules and utilize non-physical forms of discipline
  • Have the children attend school on a regular basis
  • Meet transportation needs, including to medical, physical and mental health appointments
  • Handle challenging parenting situations, including emotional, behavioral, medical or developmental challenges that may result from the child’s experience with abuse, neglect, loss and separation
  • Ability to handle difficult behaviors, such as defiance, running away, excessive lying, stealing, truancy, sexualized behaviors, aggression, and substance abuse
  • Be flexible, patient and understanding
  • Have a home free of fire and safety hazards
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Willingness to comply with child welfare rules, regulations and case plans
  • Have the ability to work as a member of a team
Working with the children’s family:
  • Participate as a member of the treatment team working to strengthen and reunify the child’s biological family;
  • Value and help to maintain the child’s connections with their biological family;
  • Provide transportation to family visits;
  • Participate in case planning and related meetings;
  • Record the child’s observed behavior and progress, and address behavioral difficulties; and
  • Communicate with the child’s caseworker and other professionals, such as attorney or Guardian ad Litem (GAL), therapists, physicians and law enforcement.
Qualifications for Foster Family Homes are:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a US citizen, legal permanent resident of the US or lawfully present in the US
  • Must have adequate space and a bedroom available for the foster child (May be shared with another child)
  • Must have a stable income to support your existing family
  • Must be healthy enough to care for a child
  • Must complete our application process and Pre-Service Training
  • Must pass a home study
  • Must be approved by Park County Human Services
  • Spouses or live-in partners must also be committed to the program.
A Foster Family:
  • May be of any religion, race, ethnicity, or cultural background
  • May be married, single, living with a partner
  • May rent or own your residence
  • May or may not be a parent
  • May be with or without children
  • Include diverse economic status and family composition
You will not qualify if any adults in the household have been convicted of any of the following (including any deferred judgment):
  • A crime of violence as defined in Section 18-1.3-406, C.R.S.
  • Child abuse as specified in Section 18-6-401, C.R.S.
  • Felony sexual behavior
  • Felony domestic violence
  • Felony physical assault or battery
  • Felony drug-related/alcohol-related offense in the past 5 years