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Children, Youth, and Family Division (CYF)

Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) works with children who are at risk of being abused or have been abused or neglected. It also works with children who are beyond their parent's control, have delinquent behavior, and/or have violated the law. CYF has a number of specialized programs devoted to serving the children and families of Larimer County. The CYF mission statement is very clear and fits the nature of the department's function. It expresses an integrated approach to child protection, family, and juvenile justice.

CYF Values

CYF strongly supports the right of children to be safe. It is believed that it is the whole community's responsibility to support and ensure the welfare of children. Some of the department's values are:

  • The well being of children is a community responsibility of which the agency has a vital role.
  • Parents are first and foremost/responsible for raising their children.
  • Extended family plays an integral role in raising children and helping parents.
  • Children have a right to ongoing relationships with parents and kin, wherever and whenever possible.
  • The department is committed to respecting individual family culture.
  • Caseworkers, in partnership with the community, have a responsibility to identify all possible resources that ensure family safety and functioning.
  • Child placement is not the solution; it is part of the process to ensure safety.

To report child abuse or neglect: (970) 498-6990
24 hours a day/7 days a week

CYF Services

All CYF services are accessed through The Hub, a coordinated multi-agency single entry process.

Additional Information

Larimer County Child Protection Teams (CPT) are multidisciplinary teams that carry out an advisory role and review assessments conducted by the Larimer County Department of Human Services Child and Family Services. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2573 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins, CO. Meetings are held the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 2555 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins, CO. Meetings are open to the public; however, statutory requirements prohibit the release of confidential information result in the team discussing specifics only in the executive session which the public may not attend. To arrange to attend the public portion of a meeting, please contact the Child Protection Team Coordinator at 970-498-6983. For additional information about Child Protection Teams, please see this summary document.

What to do when you have a concern about the Child Welfare System

State of Colorado Child Welfare Rules and Regulations

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