Most of the children in Colorado's public child welfare system range in age from 2 to 18. Abuse, neglect or other family issues prevent them from living with their birth parents.
Some of these children may be referred to as having "special needs" because they:
• are 5 years old or older, or
• have sisters and/or brothers who must be placed together, or
• are African American or Hispanic, or
• have developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome or
• have other physical, mental or emotional disabilities, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).