Mount Saint Vincent has obtained the Colorado state license required to offer foster care services for infants and children up to age 18. The Denver-based organization plans to begin offering services in the first quarter of 2016. The agency currently provides residential treatment, day treatment, in-home therapy, K–8 education, and community training. The addition of foster care services will expand upon the continuum of care currently offered by the agency. Services to be provided through the new program will include comprehensive parent education, training in trauma-informed care of children, and family support.
“The decision to offer foster care services aligns with Mount Saint Vincent’s longstanding mission to serve the needs of children,” said Mount Saint Vincent Executive Director Kirk Ward. “As a child-focused agency, we are uniquely positioned to provide foster caregivers support and instruction based on the principles of trauma-informed care. Our ultimate goal is to keep children where they belong — in safe, loving, and supportive homes.”
“In Colorado there is an ongoing need for foster care homes that provide safe, loving, family-like settings,” said Robert Werthwein, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families within the Colorado Department of Human Services. “Increasing the availability of foster care services for children who cannot be served safely with their family is critical in the efforts to provide quality services in the least restrictive setting.”
For more information about the foster care program, contact Director of Foster Care Melissa Maile at 303-458-7220.
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