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Three60 Foster Care
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Three60 Foster Care

About Three60 Foster Care

Foster parents provide temporary care of a child or children while supporting family and agency efforts to reunify the parents with their children. Most children served by the agency remain at home, but for those children whose safety requires temporary removal, the goal is always to reunite the family.

Boulder County needs foster families to support adolescents, as well as foster families able to care for, and keep together, siblings who come into care. If you want to guide a teen become a healthy adult, or if you have room to care for siblings, right now.

Many foster parents hold the hope of adopting a child. For some foster families this is possible. The family is initially certified exclusively for foster care, and notation made that the family is open to adoption. In the event that a child or children in their care is unable to return to her/his parents, that foster home may be asked to be the permanent family for the child or children.


All legal residents 21 years of age or older are eligible to apply to become foster parents. You should have a stable income and health sufficient to support your family.


Our hope is that every child who enters our care leaves with more healthy adults in her/his life than when s/he came in. To that end we go to great lengths to help our foster families:

  • Provide a home with structure, nurturance, and guidance for a child in crisis
  • Support the agency’s work toward reuniting the child and parents
  • Protect and maintain the child’s best interests
  • Form a healthy, lasting bond with the child and her/his family

Supports and Benefits

Boulder County provides:

  • Financial support to assist with additional costs, including Medicaid coverage for all children who enter care
  • Education/Support Groups
  • YMCA discounts
  • Substantial training and educational resources
  • Rewarding and enriching relationships and experiences
  • Every resource family is assigned a support worker to help them achieve their goals

See expanded list of supports and benefits.

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Three60 Family Support Respite & Helpers

Boulder County Foster Families have a tough job. To help them, Housing & Human Services expanded the role of Respite Care Providers, and created a volunteer position called Foster Family Helper.

Respite Care Provider

Respite care providers offer a self-described range of services to support families in the community. This includes, but is not limited to, babysitting, or mentoring a child or family.

Traditionally, respite care providers play a crucial role in supporting full-time foster parents by looking after children in care for up to seven days.

Additionally, you can use your certification to help in other ways. With certification, you have the training and full support of our agency to help families in a way that meets their needs and yours. Family & Children Services will help match your skill with a family that needs it.

Foster Parent Helper

Similarly, Foster Parent Helpers play a support role to foster families that is arranged on a case-by-case basis, but with several important distinctions. Foster Parent Helpers:

  • Do not provide childcare in their own homes, as their homes are not certified
  • Complete only a partial Home Study
  • Have the support of the Volunteer Services Office

This rewarding volunteer opportunity is a good option for people who want to be involved in this cause, but are not currently in a position to be a foster parent or respite care provider. You can read more on the Volunteer Opportunities page.


For both Respite Care Providers and Foster Parent Helpers, the goals are the same:

  • Support families and foster families
  • Put your unique set of skills to the service of families in your community
  • Build supportive relationships between adults and children, and between families

The process to become a respite care provider is exactly the same as that of becoming a foster parent. The same Supports and Benefits that are available to foster parents are available to respite care providers. Respite Care Providers’ homes are certified, so Respite Care Providers can care for children in their own homes.
Though ultimately shorter, the process to become a Foster Parent Helper begins in the same way as that of becoming a Respite Care provider or foster parent–by attending Orientation.

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Phone: 303-441-1081
Fax: 303-441-1289
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