Fast Fact – December 4, 2020

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: 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. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit