WhimSpire Child Placement Agency

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11059 E Bethany Dr
Denver, CO 80014
United States

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DayHours
Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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WhimSpire was founded in 1997 by the Galaway family. The philosophical foundations of the agency are based on the combined experience and knowledge brought by the founders which includes the development and administration of several other successful treatment foster care agencies, careers in social work research, working in direct services to foster families and youth, and, serving as foster parents. 

The WhimSpire name is unusual and often raises questions about its meaning! The name was born while the Galaway family was together for a family vacation, and is the combination of two words, whimsical and inspiration. Though the structure and philosophy of the agency are well thought out and taken seriously, the founding board also recognized the importance of having time to be playful and mischievous. In a nutshell, we found whimsical inspiration!

The first WhimSpire foster families and staff were located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Over time the program expanded to the front range and southwest part of the state. In 2006 the WhimSpire board started conversing with the principals in another non-profit, CommonWorks, about how the two entities could work together. The decision was made to affiliate with CommonWorks in order to maximize efficiencies, provide additional opportunities for staff, and gain access to capital and systems to take our program to the next level. 

Effective January 1, 2007, WhimSpire was officially affiliated with CommonWorks.  Since this time, the agency has expanded the geographic scope of the foster care program and has begun providing proctor care services for youth placed by the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections and other community based programs such as mentoring and supervised visitation. 


Services and information

  • Non Related Kin (NRKIN)
  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

You must meet minimum requirements to provide foster care for children in Colorado. Foster parents for children and families must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Maintain sufficient income to support a family
  • Have physical and mental capability to care for children and youth
  • Pass a child abuse background and criminal background check
  • Work with a treatment team and undergo future training
  • Complete a Home Study

Prospective foster families can contact a Colorado child placement agency or your local Department of Human Services. Social workers in these child welfare agencies will provide information about Colorado's child welfare system, foster care, and the adoption process.

Social workers recommended that other adults and children in your home agree to provide long-term home care, too. If everyone is ready to welcome a new child, your local agency will help your home become an approved foster home.


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