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  • Contact Information

    Kinship Support Unit

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    303-271-4821

    Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Contact Form

    900 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Room 110
    Human Services Building
    Golden, CO 80401

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    Staff

    Alysse Nemecek, anemecek@jeffco.us
    303-271-4821

    Ambrosia Ulibarri, aaragon@jeffco.us
    303-271-4556

    Lisa Clemens, lclemens@jeffco.us
    303-271-4553

  • Kinship Relative Care

    Kinship care is defined as the full-time nurturing and protection of children by kin or by someone with a significant relationship to the child.

    Kinship care can be done in two ways - informally and formally. 

    • An informal arrangement is made by the family involved independent of the child welfare system.
    • A formal arrangement involves the child welfare system. In formal arrangements, the family has a choice to be a certified or non-certified placement.
      • Certified kinship care refers to those children/youth living with a relative where the relative has been certified as a foster parent through the child welfare system.
      • Non-certified kinship care refers to those children/youth living with a relative who has custody of the child and is not certified as a foster parent through the child welfare system.


    In Colorado, there are more than 80,000 children under the age of 18 living in a grandparent- or other relative-headed household. This represents approximately 7 percent of all Colorado children.

    Jefferson County recognizes the importance of kinship families in the lives of children.

    • Children in kinship homes are twice as likely to report positive emotional health as those in traditional foster care.
    • The children in kinship homes also report higher levels of happiness and contentment in their kinship placement.
    • For these reasons, Jefferson County case management services are individualized to meet each family's needs.

    Financial and Medical Assistance

    There are a number of options for financial and medical assistance for kinship care families. Some assistance is temporary and other assistance may continue until a child reaches adulthood. See what is available and apply for kinship relative caretaker benefits.

    Last Updated: 5-15-2013