Original Story by: Loren Eisley
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The
surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back,
"Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles
and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can't make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another
starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling
at the man, he said "I made a difference for that one."
Courage Community Foster care
Courage is a leader in realizing positive outcomes for foster children, foster families and biological families. Learn more about us.
Courage Community is a private child placement agency licensed by Colorado Department of Human Services. We work to certify families for foster care and adoption in the Denver metro area, El Paso County and surrounding areas, and the rural communities of Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. Kerri and Megan work as a team to walk each family through the certification process, and will be with you every step of the way as your family decides which children might be the best match for you. You will never be pressured to accept a child you are uncomfortable with; we are steered by your preferences and strengths as a family.
We will provide supervision and guidance, act as advocates for your family and be a liaison between you and the Department of Human Services, who will retain legal custody of the children you care for. We receive referrals for up to 20 children each business day, from various counties in Colorado. Children needing placement are from newborn to 20 years of age. There are many sibling groups who need to be placed together. Though we are a smaller agency, we receive the same quantity of referrals as the larger agencies.
Currently, Courage serves more than 20 foster families and 35 children from newborn to 15 years of age.
Courage Community is also licensed as a public adoption agency, which allows us to facilitate adoptive placements for children who were, or are in foster care and will, or have become legally freed for adoption. Most of our adoptions have occurred as a process; the children were initially placed on an emergency basis in foster care status, and after more than a year, the court determined that the child or children were not able to return home or live with relatives. In those cases, our foster families opted to become an adoptive family for the child or children, and once the child became legally free (parental rights were terminated in court), plans were made to adopt! Since 2012, Courage has celebrated 15 adoptions, and we are expecting 18 more in the coming year.
We charge no extra fees for adoption, and the process of becoming a family licensed for foster/adoption is essentially the same as for foster care.
There are two types of adoption your family can pursue: legal risk and straight adoption. A legal risk adoption means that you agree to foster a child who still has parental rights intact, with an intent to adopt if and when the child becomes legally free. A straight adoption would result in your family accepting a legally free child (parental rights have been terminated) for placement; after fostering for 6 months, adoption planning can begin.
There are many things to consider if your family is only hoping to adopt from foster care, and not interested in working toward reunification with birth family. We encourage you to call and speak to Kerri or Megan about this process and how it might impact your family.
Courage is an equal opportunity agency! We encourage families of all ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and economic statuses to apply.
Courage Community Foster Care, through community-based, personalized and focused service, is committed to bringing forth the qualities of strength and perseverance in each member of the foster care triad: the child, the family of origin, and the foster family.
In Loving Memory
Our work is dedicated to the memory of our girl, Heather Perry.
November, 1998-May, 2020
May your light shine eternal.
We are dedicated to our foster families, and help them to commit to their foster children until permanency can be reached.
We believe that foster children prosper when they are allowed to live with ONE family until they can be returned home, live with relatives, or adopted by a foster family.
Meet Our Families
Colorado has many foster children needing placement, and too few foster homes to care for them
On any given business day, we receive referrals from five to twenty children needing to be placed in a foster home. Children of every age, ethnicity and circumstance are referred, from newborn to 20 years old. Most of our children are referred along with their siblings. All of the children referred for foster care are removed from their family's care for reasons of abuse and/or neglect. The majority of our referrals for placement originate from the Denver Metro and Colorado Springs area, although we also work with rural communities such as Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Park Counties.