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CPP Eligibility Factor - Child Receives State Department Human Services as Neglected or Dependent Child (Foster Child)

Clarification of Eligibility Factor

Receiving services from the department of human services pursuant to article 5 of title 26, C.R.S., as a neglected or dependent child (i.e. a child in foster care). (C.R.S. 22-28-106 (1)(a)(II)).

  • This factor refers to children who are receiving “Child Welfare Services” from the department of human services. These services include the provision of necessary shelter, sustenance, and guidance to or for children who are or who, if such services are not provided, are likely to become neglected or dependent.

This is not the same situation as a family receiving support from human services like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) aid, Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) support or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) funds.

How It May Be Documented

  • DHS reports neglected or dependent status
  • Background Information and/or Documentation
  • The child was referred to CPP by DHS or another agency
  • The child lives in a foster care situation or with a guardian as documented by family interview or application

Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness

  • Child Welfare Services provided by the department of human services can include child protection, adoption, emergency shelter or children provided out of home placements or foster care.
  • Children who cannot remain at home because they have been abused and neglected by their parents experience poor school performance, learning disorders, poor peer relations, and antisocial behavior. Neglect is significantly related to reported behavior problems. Children from backgrounds of maltreatment often have significantly impaired cognitive development.
  • Children exposed to trauma, due to maltreatment or other forms of violence, have changes in the chemical makeup of their brains that lead to an emotional state in which they are more sensitive to subsequent trauma. This, in turn, impairs their focus, memory, the capacity to learn, and the capacity to use self-control.
  • Children in substitute care are more likely to exhibit high levels of behavioral and emotional problems. They are more likely to have received mental health services in the past year, to have a limiting physical, learning, or mental health condition, or to be in poor or fair health. They are also more likely to be suspended or expelled from school and to exhibit low levels of school engagement and involvement with extracurricular activities.

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