Social Services


Effective July 6, 2020

Schedule is subject to change

The Conejos County Department of Social Services (CCDSS) will continue to operate under normal business hours but will have the following limitations in place:

  • Masks must be worn by all visitors and clients.
  • Only one client will be allowed per office.
  • We will be allowing one client in our lobby area to respect social distancing. For everyone's safety please find adequate childcare or if you are unable to then please contact our front desk receptionist so that a phone or virtual meeting can be scheduled.
  • Visitors will be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms and temperatures will be checked prior to being seen.
  • Visitors with high temperatures or who display symptoms of COVID-19 will be given an alternative way to speak with their worker. (e-mail, phone, or virtual)
  •  Lobby will remain open for document drop off. 
  • We are encouraging that all applications, recertifications, and changes for public assistance and child care should be reported via PEAK.
  • All cases of child/adult neglect should be called in to the Child Abuse Hotline( 1-844-CO-4-KIDS)
  • You can e-mail questions to your worker directly.


Nicholas Barela

Child Welfare Supervisor

Michelle Ferrera

 Child Welfare

Veronica Knecht

Child Welfare

Timothy Barton

Child Welfare

Armando Manzanares

Child Care/Child Support Supervisor

Christine Garcia

Child Support

Rosemarie Ruybal

Child Support

Jessica Suazo

Child Care/Benefit Recovery

Alejandra Carreon

Eligibility Supervisor (Public Assistance)

Kayte Mora

Case Manager

Yolanda Deherrera

Case Manager

Brandi Martinez

Case Manager Karina Soto

Case  Manager

Cindy Silva

Case Manager

Rosa Cortez

Case Aide

Jacob Acosta

Case Aide

Nichole Martinez

General Inquiries

Annette Martinez


Jessica Holtcamp

  • Mail any documents to the: Conejos County Department of Social Services, PO BOX 68, Conejos, CO 81129 or drop-off during operating business hours.
  • Please take care of your issued EBT cards we may move to issuing by mail which can take 7-10 days.
  • Child Support payments are encouraged to be paid online
  • TANF eligible families who have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 may be eligible for our Conejos County Disaster funds contact CCDSS for details

Click here to download the official Public Notice 

Conejos County would like to keep you informed.  Click below for more information about COVID-19 Coronavirus.


Mission Statement

Conejos County Department of Social Services will strive to educate, motivate, and protect individuals
and  families in order to achieve self-sufficiency and secure a stable home environment. 

Vision Statement
People are our business. Together we can achieve our goal. 

Child Care

Conejos County offers Child Care Assistance.  See below income guidelines.  Please contact Christine Garcia at our main office for a list of providers or for questions regarding eligiblity. 

Child Support

The Colorado Child Support Services (CSS) Program oversees the state’s child support system. Individual child support orders are managed by Colorado’s county child support offices.

You can find many helpful services on the CSS website including:

  • Applying for child support services
  • How to create an online account to view specific information on your child support case
  • How and when to request changes to a child support order
  • Different ways to make and receive child support payments
  • Frequently asked questions about child support in Colorado

Please see information regarding our Parent Program.  For questions regarding Eligiblity contact Christine Garcia at our main phone number. 

Public Assistance

Conejos County offers financial, medical, and food assistance.  Information for each of these programs can be found on the Colorado Peak website or by contacting Kayte Mora at our main office.  We can also assist our community in other ways. This year we were able to help our school aged children by offering Back to School Care Packages. 

Mandatory Reporting

Are you a Mandatory Reporter?  Click on the below link to find out if you are required and to go through an online tutorial.

Adult Protection Services

Adult Protection Services investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at risk adults.  APS assists with resources and referrals to improve an at risk adults lifestyle and reduce their risk of neglect, abuse and exploitation.  Referrals can be made by contacting 719-376-5455.  After hours please contact State Patrol at 719-589-5807 and ask for the on call worker for Conejos County. 

Foster Care

Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?  Check out the following link.

Are you interested in becoming a foster care parent in Conejos County?

Please contact any of the following:
Michelle Ferrera, Child Welfare Supervisor (Conejos) @ (719) 376-5455
Matthew Tulley, Foster Care Coordinator ( Alamosa) @ (719) 589-2581
Taylor Martinez, Foster Care (Alamosa) @ (719) 589-2581,   Annette Perea, Foster Care Supervisor (Alamosa) @ (719) 589-2581


LEAP is an acronymn for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program that is designed to help eligible, low-income households with winter home heating costs.  LEAP is a mail in program and will not be administered at the Conejos County Department of Social Services.  All applications need to be mailed to Goodwill who will be processing these cases.  Their mailing address is: LEAP P.O. Box 39200, Colorado Springs, CO 80949.  


Child Welfare

Child welfare employees work directly with families to strengthen a family’s ability to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and ensure timely permanency planning. When safety is not possible within the family, services focus on the child’s need for a stable, permanent home as quickly as possible. See the below chart to see the process of how Child Welfare calls are handled.

Contact Us

Department of Social Services

Nicholas Barela

Child Care/Child Support Supervisor:
Christine Garcia

Child Welfare/Adult Protection Supervisor:
Michelle Ferrera

Eligibility Supervisor:
Kayte Mora


PO Box 68
12989 County Rd. G.6
Conejos, CO 81129

Phone: 719-376-5455
Fax: 719-376-2389

Hour of Operation:

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays)

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