Fast Fact- November 15, 2019

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 15, 2019

In 2017, more than 11,000 Colorado children were placed in alternative residential settings by the Colorado Department of Human Services, resulting in a rate of 8.7 out-of-home placements per 1,000 children. Overall, the rate of out-of-home placements for children in our state has declined significantly 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, 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