Providing Care and Custody With Dignity and Respect Within Colorado Division of Youth Services

The Colorado Division of Youth Services is working to transform the family experience by taking a two-generation (2Gen) approach to the services it provides. The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), which oversees the Division of Youth Services, is working to maintain parent-child connections and relationships among committed youth and their parents, as well as between parenting youth and their own children. CDHS has acted upon a series of recommendations, outlined in this brief, that include parenting curricula, home visiting and other benefits connections, and facilities upgrades to help address the destabilizing toll of incarceration on youth and their children.