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Fostering Opportunities

Fostering Opportunities is an innovative student engagement program for middle school and high school students who have experienced foster care.  The goal of the program is to help youth who have experienced foster care to be successful in school and ultimately earn a high school credential. 

The program has three key components:  (1) Child Welfare and Education Systems Alignment; (2) The Role of the Specialist; and (3) A Database to Track Students Across Placements and Schools.  Child welfare and education systems must be in alignment for the successful implementation of the program.  Once the program is up and running, specialists, the individuals working with students, play a critical role in motivating students and advocating for their needs.  A database is the final critical component and it is necessary to ensure that information can be shared with the student’s network to motivate students.

The Fostering Opportunities project is funded by Pay for Success.


Governor’s Office (Pay for Success)

Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Welfare

Jefferson County School District

Research Partners: 

JeffCo Public Schools

Jefferson County Human Services

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.


Colorado Department of Human Services, Office
of Early Childhood

Research Partners: 

University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and
Action Lab

Denver Runaways

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. 

The Denver Runaways project is funded by Pay for Success.


Colorado Department of Human Services

Denver Police Department

Governor’s Office of Information Technology

Research Partners: 

Denver Collaborative Partnership

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. 

The MST Underserved project is funded by Pay for Success.


Colorado Department of Human Services

Office of State Planning and Budgeting

Research Partners: 

Infinite Frontier Consulting