Foster Care Youth and School Mobility

This study examined the relationship between school mobility for Colorado students in foster care and educational attainment outcomes, specifically earning high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma (e.g., through examination such as a GED), or exiting the K-12 system without a credential. After examining the study’s findings, the Colorado legislature passed the Educational Stability for Foster Youth Act, which provided $2.9 million for foster care youth to remain in their school of origin after being relocated from their prior home placement.

Preventing Child Neglect through Colorado Community Response

The Colorado Community Response program provides voluntary services to families who are reported to the state for child abuse or neglect but whose circumstances do not rise to the level of child welfare service involvement. The program is designed to reduce incidences of neglect by increasing the financial stability and self-sufficiency of caregivers. The Colorado Lab is supporting a randomized control trial determining the efficacy of the program.

Denver Runaway Upstream Prevention Pilot

Denver Collaborative Partnership is taking an upstream preventative approach to serving youth who run away and their families. A rapid response team is meeting the youth and families where they are and connecting them to evidence-based services (e.g., Multi-Systemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy) aimed at preventing juvenile justice involvement and the need for out-of-home care. The Lab will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the project. Pay for Success financing is funding this project.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for the Underserved

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based model to help system-involved youth that is not widely available. The Center for Effective Interventions at the University of Denver has identified Adams, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld counties to participate in a pilot providing MST to youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The Lab is evaluating the impact of the MST expansion on youth recidivism. Pay for Success financing is funding this project.