Fast Fact – December 4, 2020
In 2018, more than 10,700 Colorado children were placed in alternative residential settings by the Colorado Department of Human Services, resulting in a rate of 8.5 out-of-home placements per 1,000 children. Overall, the rate of child out-of-home placements in our state has declined since the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Keeping a child with their family is generally preferred to an out-of-home placement unless there are concerns for the child’s safety, as being removed from their home can be emotionally and psychologically distressing. To learn about out-of-home placement rates in different Colorado counties in 2018, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.