About Chafee

The Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) was created to assist youth in successfully emancipating from the foster care system, and to provide ongoing support to young adults as they overcome the hurdles of living independently.

We will help with: finding educational programs, financial aid, housing, employment, and the acquisition of life skills. We do this by meeting with youth in the community, one-to-one independent living skills training, connecting youth to resources in their community and encouraging clients to set and pursue goals for success.

If you have more specific questions about how Chafee can help, contact your Chafee worker.

Colin Minor, 720-944-6168 colin.minor@denvergov.org

Ji Shin, 720-944-6029 ji.shin@denvergov.org

Stephanie Smith, 720-944-6049  stephanie.smith@denvergov.org

Sara Saleet, 720-944-6281 sara.saleet@denvergov.org


For any questions or information about setting up services please contact:

Antowan Pickett, 720-944-6327 antowan.pickett@denvergov.org

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) services, the youth must be:

  1. Currently in out-of-home care, fourteen (14) up to eighteen (18) years of age, and in out-of-home placement for a minimum of six (6) months. Consecutive months are not required.
  2. Age sixteen (16) to twenty-one (21), who meet requirements for Relative Guardianship Assistance and entered Relative Guardianship on or after age sixteen (16)
  3. Age sixteen (16) to twenty-one (21), who meet requirements for Adoption Assistance and entered Adoption Assistance on or after age sixteen (16);
  4. Age eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21), who were in out-of-home care on their eighteenth (18th) birthday.