Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, Colorado, announced plans on March 17, 2021, to voluntarily close its residential foster care program. The closure affects 13 children; six were already scheduled for placement through reunification, a foster home, a kinship home, or adoption. The organization is making extensive efforts to place the remaining children. The children in the residential program represent 13% of those served by Tennyson Center each year. The closure will not affect other Tennyson programs: its K-12 accredited school, community-based services, Families Together, outpatient services, and Child First programs.
Over the next 60 to 90 days, Tennyson Center is conducting an intensive evaluation to determine whether to reopen the residential program. The closure is intended to address operational and compliance concerns identified by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and concerns identified in Tennyson Center’s own internal review. Additionally, the state is currently considering bills related to residential programs. Tennyson Center will consider the outcome of the bills in its evaluation of the future for potential residential programming.
Non-profit Tennyson Center for Children has been providing services for neglected and abused children since 1904. It provides an on-campus accredited, therapeutic K-12 school with a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio, and it provides in-home and community services in 18 counties across the state to provide preventive services and therapy to strengthen families with children aged 0 to adulthood. In 2019, it began leading a statewide collaborative called Rewiring that seeks to ensure that families remain safely together and eventually reduce the number of children and families involved with the child welfare system. In 2020, it further expanded its programming by partnering with Families Together, whose volunteer “Neighbors” offer family support to help make home life peaceful for children in foster, adoptive, reunified, kinship, and natural families.
This was reported by Tennyson Center on March 17, 2021.
Contact information: James Young, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Tennyson Center for Children, 2950 Tennyson Street, Denver, Colorado 80212Email: email@example.com; Website: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/