Foster Care

This section includes places where you might get help if you’re currently in the foster care system, or if you were formerly in foster care.

Colorado Chafee Program

Colorado Chafee Program

helps youth transitioning from foster care

Statewide

The Chafee program helps youth who have been in foster care. Eligibility includes those who had an out-of-home placement at age 14 or older (through their 21st birthday), those who transitioned to adulthood from foster care at age 18, 19 or 20 (through their 23rd birthday), and youth who were in a community placement through DYS. Youth who left foster care for other reasons, including adoption, legal guardianship, or aging out may also be eligible. Services include help with education, job training, life skills, connections to housing, and more. This program is voluntary and free but may be limited by funding. The Chafee program is provided through the Colorado Department of Human Services and available throughout Colorado. The best way to get connected (and to verify if you're eligible) is to call one of the numbers below or email cdhs_fosteryouth@state.co.us. Leave a message and they will get back to you. Chafee may also be able to connect you to scholarship funds for college. Contact Maitri at Maitri.Jensen@state.co.us.

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Movement 5280

Movement 5280

Day Shelter & Community Center

Denver Metro

Englewood

Movement 5280 has three primary focuses: Survive, Thrive, and Revive. Movement 5280 provides a "family of support" to unhoused youth who have aged out of foster care and any other at-risk young people lacking guidance as they transition to adulthood. They also provide a separate no-barrier food pantry called Englewood's Table as well as a non-denominational church called Lost & Found Church to be able to provide a safe-space for people who are experiencing homelessness, justice involvement, sober living, addiction recovery or anyone in the community who would like to attend. Movement 5280 is committed to providing wrap around services that are sourced from trauma informed models. Consider reaching out to them if you are part of the unhoused young adult population.

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project Foster Power (pFP)

project Foster Power (pFP)

project Foster Power is a group of current and former foster youth, ages 15 to 25+, who are using their voices and experiences to improve the Colorado child welfare system through youth-led organizing and advocacy. pFp is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center and a partner of Foster Youth in Action, a network of groups across the United States and Canada that believe in the power of foster youth voice. To learn more about project Foster Power or attend an upcoming member meeting/event, email projectfosterpower@childlawcenter.org or call 720-691-5901. You can also follow pFp on Facebook or Instagram @projectfosterpower.

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TGTHR

TGTHR

TGTHR offers a variety of resources to unhoused youth

Denver Metro

Boulder

TGTHR helps unhoused youth within the Boulder area. They have been delivering resources in the community for over 55 years. Ending youth homelessness requires all young people to have a place to live, employment, access to education, wellness, and a supportive community. TGTHR has a multitude of resources that range from shelters, assistance to individuals aging out of foster care, drop in centers, supportive transitional housing, case management and much more.

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The Source

The Source

Homeless youth shelter & drop-in center

Denver Metro

Boulder

The Source is a homeless youth shelter & drop-in center. The Source provides a safe, welcoming environment for all genders with the goal to move young people from unstable living situations to safety and self-sufficiency. The overnight shelter is available for up to 16 young people between the ages of 12-21. The drop-in program’s first priority is to provide food, showers, laundry services, clean clothes, and access to medical care. Its second priority is to provide additional resources and support to assist individuals with their goals around housing, employment, and education. Program participants receive employment assistance, access to education programs, long-term housing navigation, support and inclusivity groups, family coaching services, life-skills development, mental and physical wellness support, and an array of individual and group activities.

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Were You Ever in Foster Care? Here’s How to Find Out If the Government Took Your Money

Were You Ever in Foster Care? Here’s How to Find Out If the Government Took Your Money

The Marshall Project presents information for people who were in foster care to find out if there are benefits due to them. Click on the website link to see the article and find out how.

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