Maple Star of Colorado
Heather Morris, Executive Director
2250 South Oneida Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80224
Business: (303) 433-1975
Fax: (303) 433-1980
In Colorado, Pathways offers services through a management agreement with Maple Star Colorado.
Maple Star Colorado (“Maple Star”) was founded in 1994 and provides foster care and adoption services, including Fort Collins, Greeley, Denver metro, Colorado Springs and Pueblo and all areas between, with the main office located in Denver and another office in Colorado Springs.
Maple Star Colorado is a premier provider of trauma specific services through their multiple programs. Maple Star utilizes research on evidence-based principles to inform their intervention strategies.
Maple Star began as a child placement agency and subsequently evolved into providing a continuum of care of services. These services are all based on an understanding of trauma and the effects on the brain, emotions, and relationships. The mission of Maple Star Colorado is to assist and support Colorado’s children as they move toward permanence. This mission is accomplished as foster, adoptive, and birth parents and Maple Star’s staff work together to provide loving and healing homes for all children and youth. Many people ask what is different about Maple Star Colorado. The primary distinction can be found in Maple Star’s foundational emphasis on physical and emotional healing. Paramount to the healing process is an understanding of the impact of trauma. With this understanding, foster parents can create healing environments that focus on the mind-body connection and the role of the brain in trauma. Maple Star’s home based program works with families to develop an understanding of trauma and how to respond to challenging circumstances and behaviors in an effective and healing manner.
Trained by the Child Trauma Academy, Maple Star is the only child placement agency and home-based therapy program in Colorado to participate in specialized training by Bruce Perry, M.D. This training equips parents to understand the significant imprint trauma histories make on children in foster care, adoptive home, residential settings and in their own homes. Call us for more information.
Maple Star Colorado utilizes a holistic model that focuses on creating healing environments for children and youth incorporating elements of the neuroscience, sensory processing and child development concepts. These concepts provide a framework for working with children and youth with trauma backgrounds and include practical, trauma-specific interventions such as incorporating movement, drawing, and other sensory activities. Education is provided to foster parents and staff to provide an understanding of the brain and trauma’s impact of development. Foster parents are specially trained to parent from an understanding of how trauma effects a child’s brain and their behaviors.
Maple Star also provides multiple community programs that include: the KEEP Program (a program that prevents removal of children from their home); a Domestic Violence Reduction Program; Home Studies Program; Facilitated Visitation Services; outpatient therapy; Post-Adoption Support; and the Virtual Residential Program (VRP ©™) to several counties located in the front range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.