STERLING - Colorado kids who are at risk of becoming abused or neglected will see professional visitors coming to their homes weekly in an effort to stop harm before it happens.
The Colorado Department of Human Services announced it's expanding a program called SafeCare into 15 counties and two American Indian tribes. SafeCare is designed to help mothers and fathers with parenting skills through intensive home visits by non-profit workers familiar with child welfare issues.
"These are taking professionals into homes, into real life settings and helping parents understand needs and challenges children might be presenting," said Reggie Bicha, executive director of the CDHS. "The SafeCare model has more than 30 years of data and proven outcomes in assisting families."
The program was funded by the state legislature and is part of the Gov. John Hickenlooper's "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0" child welfare program.
Bicha said 600 families identified as "at-risk" will receive weekly visits during the first year. The families reside in the following counties and tribes:
Cheyenne, Dolores, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Morgan, Phillips, San Juan, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma and Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
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