Fast Fact- 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.