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Professional Foster Parent Program

The Professional Foster Parent Program is a specialized initiative designed to support children and youth transitioning from residential facilities or group-based care to family-like settings. This program is part of the Colorado Department of Human Services' response to the Families First Prevention Services Act (Family First). Family First is a federal law aimed at ensuring children and youth grow up in families by utilizing federal funding for services that maintain their safety and well-being.

Key Features of the Program

Annual Stipend

Support for Children and Youth

Trauma-Informed Care

Professional Foster Parents receive a stipend allowing them to stay at home and provide full-time care without needing outside employment.

The program serves children and youth aged 8-18 with diagnosed intellectual or developmental disabilities who are ready to step down from residential programs.

The program employs a trauma-informed approach to address behavioral or mental health concerns and develop skills for continued lower levels of care.

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Benefits for Professional Foster Parents

Enrolled Professional Foster Parents receive numerous benefits, including:

  • Monthly Health Insurance Stipend

  • Mileage/Vehicle Expense Reimbursement

  • Home Maintenance Cost Coverage

  • 36 Days of Paid Respite Annually

  • Training Reimbursement Upon Licensing Completion

  • Reimbursement for Recreational and Community Activities

  • 24/7 Support from Envoi Staff

Requirements to Become a Professional Foster Parent

To qualify as a Professional Foster Parent, individuals must meet the following criteria:

For More Information About This Program

Contact Amber Lopez, Director of Youth Services for Colorado at:

This program aims to provide a stable, supportive environment for children and youth, helping them transition smoothly into family settings and thrive.

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