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.
HistoryFounded 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. In 1995 LFS began its unique teen pregnancy prevention program that is provided to middle and high schools in Northern Colorado. Since 2000, LFS has added: an African American Caregiver Support Program; an infant adoption awareness training program for healthcare providers; a Fall Prevention hotline for older adults; 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 (FY13-14) include:
- Refugee resettlement and asylee services to 1,362 individuals
- Foster care to 233 domestic children through 147 therapeutic and traditional foster homes
- Foster care and independent living services to 91 unaccompanied refugee minors
- Respite care through the KPC Respite Center to 72 children in 47 families
- Visitation and safe exchange services to 232 adults and 171 children
- Older Adult & Caregiver services to 317 older adults and caregivers
- Parent education and support services to 316 adults and 47 children
- Adoption placements of 45 children and services to 50 adoptive and waiting parents
- Options counseling services for 54 women and their families
- Teen pregnancy prevention services in 16 schools, with 1,686 students
- Family immigration legal services to 667 individuals
- SafeTouch: Body Safety Program delivered to 13,194 elementary school children
- Disaster response and recovery services to 793 individuals
- Education and enrichment services to more than 10,000 individuals.