Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, Lutheran Family Services walks with the vulnerable, through services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope.
We believe that all people, from the newborn infant to the most elderly person, deserve to be valued in our community. Therefore, Lutheran Family Services is committed to offering love and support to the people it serves, regardless of race, religion, gender, or age, to help equip them to live full and whole lives.
Founded in 1948 to provide adoptive placement for babies, over time programs were added to meet new community needs: birth parent counseling, foster care, aging services, international adoptions, services to refugees, aid following disasters, and parent education. Since 2000, LFS has added: an African American Caregiver Support Program; an infant adoption awareness training program for healthcare providers; foster care services for unaccompanied refugee minors; an employment training center for refugees; and basic legal immigration services. In 2012 LFS assumed operations of a SafeTouch Body Safety program, family visitation facility, and parenting education classes in Weld County, and opened a refugee services office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. LFS is now one of the largest private foster care providers in the state and the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Rocky Mountain region.
With offices located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley/Evans and Fort Morgan, CO and Albuquerque, NM, and services provided in Wyoming, Montana and Western Nebraska, LFS now responds to critical social and emotional needs of approximately 30,000 people annually. The issues encountered daily by LFS staff and volunteers include unintended pregnancy, family violence, child abuse and neglect, the impact of man-made and natural disasters, older adult isolation, and the plight of refugees and documented immigrants. LFS develops and provides programs that not only respond to such issues, but also help to prevent these situations from occurring in the first place. LFS accomplishments over the past fiscal year (FY15-16) include:
- Refugee resettlement and asylee services to 4,489 individuals
- Foster care to 217 domestic children through 103 therapeutic and traditional foster homes
- Foster care and independent living services to 88 unaccompanied refugee minors
- Therapeutic family services to 177 individuals
- Therapy services to 31 children in care around the state
- Respite care through the KPC Respite Center to 889 children in 478 families
- Visitation and safe exchange services to 460 adults and 359 children
- Trauma assessment services for 16 children
- Care management and other direct services to 357 older adults and caregivers
- Parenting education and support services to 404 adults
- Adoption placements of 29 children and services to 50 adoptive and waiting parents
- Options counseling services for 44 women and their families
- Teen pregnancy prevention services to 1,243 students
- Family immigration legal services to 669 individuals, citizenship services to 327 clients, and fingerprinting services for reunification purposes to 291 individuals
- SafeTouch: Body Safety Program delivered to 11,652 elementary school children
- Disaster response and recovery services to 358 individuals
- Education and enrichment services to more than 10,000 individuals.