Colorado Chafee program

The John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (formerly the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program) was created following the passage of the Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA) of 1999 (Public Law 106-169). The Chafee program provides assistance to help youth currently and formerly in foster care successfully transition to adulthood. More information and additional resources are available online at the CDHS Chafee webpage.

El Paso County Chafee Program

The primary goal of the Chafee Program is to educate and assist teens and young adults in managing money, community resources, housing, employment, education and wellness. Instruction takes place in individual and group meetings, at the local coffee shop or park, and with hands-on learning. This is a relationship-based program and youth are required to see their Chafee worker once a month. Eligibility includes those who were in DHS custody one day on or after their 14th birthday. Youth remain eligible until their 23rd birthday.

For more information on the Chafee Program, contact Chafee Supervisor Courtney Daugherty at or 719-651-9467.


Youth are referred to the Chaffee program by caseworkers and partner agencies.

Youth can submit a self-referral by completing this form and emailing it to Chafee Supervisor Courtney Daugherty at

Foster Youth in Transition

To be eligible for the Foster Youth in Transition Program a young person must be between the ages of 18 and 21. Young people have to be in foster care on or after their 16th birthday or placed in a noncertified kinship care on or after their 16th birthday and be adjudicated dependent and neglected.

For more information contact Supervisor Courtney Daugherty at