Resources for You. And Your Family.
Welcome to the family center. This page is designed to assist parents who may have questions about the system, be involved in the system, or simply need resources to strengthen their families. Here, we try to answer some common questions and provide links and information for other agencies and resources where families can find support.
Quick Guide: Parent Resources
Click below for a quick resource to keep phone numbers and websites on hand. Links and resources can also be found below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our answers to FAQ may tell you what you need to know. Click below to find out.
Parent Resources Quick Guide
Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Child Care Assistance
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool
Parents as Teachers (PAT) Nurse‐Family Partnership (NFP)
for first‐time moms
School Nutrition Programs
Preschool Special Education
Early Intervention Colorado for Infants,
Toddlers and Families (EI Colorado) Low Income Energy Assistance Program
Colorado Child Care Referral Line
Call 2‐1‐1 Colorado
Connects families to social and community resources best suited to meet their needs
Rental/Utility Bills Assistance Housing/Emergency Shelter Food/Clothing Banks
Mental Health Assistance
Dealing With and Preventing Abuse GED/ESL Classes
Suicide Intervention and Prevention Medical Clinics, Rx Assistance
Colorado Coalition Against
Head Start Information
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Moves Coloradans into safe homes, keeps families together, and provides critical health care and support services for people experiencing homelessness
Colorado Homeless Families
Long term transitional housing
Denver Alternatives to 9-1-1
A list of resources to call for assistance with mental health, homelessness, food assistance, and more.
Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault
Provides sexual assault crisis resources and support
Colorado Cross‐Disability Coalition
Frequently Asked Questions
The ORPC maintains a list of qualified attorneys who charge lower rates, or work with clients on payment plans. Fill out our contact form and let us know where your case is located and we can send you a list of attorneys.
Dependency and neglect cases follow the Colorado Children’s Code, which is Title 19 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. You can access the Colorado Revised Statutes on LexisNexis.
County departments of human/social services are required to follow Volume 7 of the Colorado Code of Regulations. Volume 7 can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
Parents in dependency and neglect cases have only a short period of time to file an appeal. Appeals must be filed within 21 days of the day the termination order was signed. If you did not appeal, or lost your appeal, your case is over, and there are few options for legally regaining custody of your children. We encourage all parents who have had parental rights terminated to continue to work on the issues that brought your case to the court. Children often try to find their parents when they are teenagers and adults. It is important that parents are able to support their children when they come to you when they are older, so continuing to work on sobriety, stability, and managing mental health is important for you and your children in the future.
You can go to the court where your case was held and ask the clerk for a copy of any termination order.
Parents in dependency and neglect cases can file appeals at two different times. The first is at the beginning of a case, after both adjudication and disposition. The second is when the case is completely finished, with either an order terminating parental rights, or an order allocating parental responsibilities or awarding guardianship. Parents must file their appeal within 21 days of the day the court signed the order. Contact your attorney right away and tell her/him you want to appeal if you are within the 21 day time frame.If you are outside that 21 day time frame, except in very rare circumstances, you no longer have the ability to appeal the decision in the dependency and neglect case.
We encourage you to talk with your attorney about the motion, and why your attorney believes (s)he can’t file that motion at this time. If you have done that, and still have a concern, you can fill out our complaint/feedback form.
Courts are not under an obligation to appoint a new attorney for you if you terminate the relationship with your court-appointed-attorney. If your attorney withdraws due to a conflict, or some other reason, then the court should appoint a new attorney for you.
Courts and respondent parent attorneys in dependency and neglect cases are required to follow Chief Justice Directive 16-02 and the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.
Parents can contact the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative for issues regarding a guardian ad litem.
If you feel you have been or are being treated unfairly by the county department of human/social services, you may contact your caseworker’s supervisor, the director of your county department of human/social services, and/or your county grievance coordinator. Your grievance may also be reviewed by a citizen review panel upon your request if your grievance has not been resolved to your satisfaction. (C.R.S. § 19-3-211). Parents can also file complaints about human/social services with the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman.