Specific Recruiting Helps Older Teens In Foster Care

DENVER (CBS4) – The Executive Director of the Adoption Exchange was on CBS4 This Morning to talk about efforts to find homes for Colorado’s most at-risk youth.

CBS4 SPECIAL REPORTS: Aging Out

Lauren Arnold talked about in-depth recruitment that looks at a child’s history to identify friends, neighbors, coaches, or even relatives who might step up and adopt that child.

LINK: The Adoption Exchange

About 18-months ago, the state started a new effort to identify those children in foster care who will have the hardest time finding a family. In partnership with the Adoption Exchange and Wendy’s Wonderful Recruiters, they spend as much as $5,000 to find the right situation for those children.

Additional Resouces

The following are helpful resources for people who are aging out of foster care and for the people who care for them.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign
Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS
Learn more about foster care and adoption in Colorado.
co4kids.org

United Way Bridging the Gap
helping teens live on their own after foster care
unitedwaydenver.org/bridging-the-gap
303-433-8383

Dream Makers Project
making dreams come true for former foster care youth
dreammakersproject.org

Chafee Program
life skills program provided through human services dept. of each county
denverchafee.org

CBS4 Wednesday’s Child Section
cbsdenver.com/wednesdayschild/

The Adoption Exchange
promoting adoption for foster care youth
adoptex.org
303-755-1339

Adoption Exchange’s Birthday Wishes Program
adoptex.org/get-involved/donate/birthday-wishes-program/
303-755-1339

Office of the Lt. Governor
colorado.gov/ltgovernor
303-866-2885

SOAR! Youth & Adult Choir
soaryouthandadultchoir.org 720-218-1433 (Youth)
720-989-5744 (Adults)

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