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Social Services

PUBLIC NOTICE

Effective November 9 , 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.
  • Customers will not be seen in our offices and should phone in to our general number with inquiries about their case. Lobby will remain open for document drop off and EBT replacement only.  If you need a staff member to contact you leave a number and we will have someone reach out to you. 
  • 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.
  • Interviews for Public Assistance will be conducted via phone call or virtually please ensure that CCDSS has a good contact number for you. 
  • We are encouraging that all applications, recertifications, and changes for public assistance and child care should be reported via PEAK. https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/
  • 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.

Director

Nicholas Barela

Nicholas.barela@state.co.us

Child Welfare Supervisor

Michelle Ferrera

Michelle.ferrera@state.co.us

 Child Welfare

Veronica Knecht

Veronica.knecht@state.co.us

Child Welfare

 

 

Child Welfare

Armando Manzanares

Armando.a.manzanares@state.co.us

Child Care/Child Support Supervisor

Christine Garcia

Christine.garcia@state.co.us

Child Support

Rosemarie Ruybal

Rosemarie.ruybal@state.co.us

Child Support

Jessica Suazo

Jessica.suazo@state.co.us

Child Care/Benefit Recovery

Jacob Acosta

jacob.acosta@state.co.us

Eligibility Supervisor (Public Assistance)

Kayte Mora

Kayte.mora@state.co.us

Case Manager

Yolanda Deherrera

Yolanda.deherrera@state.co.us

Case Manager

Brandi Martinez

Brandim.martinez@state.co.us

Case Manager Karina Soto Karina.Soto@state.co.us

Case  Manager

Cindy Silva

Cindy.silva@state.co.us

Case Manager

Kristin Mora

 kristin.mora@state.co.us

Case Aide

Jenny Duran

jenny.duran@state.co.us

Case Aide

Nichole Martinez

Nichole.martinez@state.co.us

General Inquiries

Annette Martinez

Annette.martinez25@state.co.us

Accountant

Jessica Holtcamp

Jessica.holtcamp@state.co.us

  • 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

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.

CONEJOS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES


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. 
 
SIGNING BONUS~$1,000 AT HIRE, $1,000 AFTER COMPLETING ONE YEAR OF SERVICE. Conejos County is seeking a CASEWORKER for the Department of Social services and offering a signing bonus. Annual Salary $35,000-$55,000 DOQ. Duties include: Intake and/or ongoing social casework services to families/adults, attending drug court, performing assessments, counseling, and crisis intervention. Investigate abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment of children and adults. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field required. One-year experience preferred. Applications are available at Conejos County Administration Office 6683 County Rd. 13, Conejos, CO 81129, or via email upon request at CRicci@Co.Conejos.Co.us.  . Inquiries call 719-376-6799 EEOE. 
 
If you are interested in seeing more about Child Welfare case work. Click on the link below.
 
 
 
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
 
EXTENSION
Job Vacancy #29-22
Area Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences
San Luis Valley Area, Monte Vista, CO
 
San Luis Valley Area Extension agents deliver community education which fosters healthy youth and
families, prosperous farms, ranches and businesses, and strong, resilient, proud communities.
This specific, Family Consumer Science Agent position is a very important full-time position which can
have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of families in the San Luis Valley. The Area
Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Science (FCS) is a local representative of Colorado State
University and the San Luis Valley Area and will have a proven track record of developing, promoting,
delivering, and evaluating non-credit programming for individuals and families.
A completed master’s degree is required. One degree must have been conferred in family & consumer
science, family financial management, food science and nutrition, public health, food safety, or a closely
related field.
To view the job vacancy announcement and apply, click link: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/101138.
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time
on Sunday, April 10, 2022. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please
contact Laura Griffin, Pueblo County FCS Agent and search committee chair at 719-583-6566
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs
and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite
you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of
access, teaching, service, and engagement.
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
 

CSU Extension, SLV Area and Conejos County are hiring a part time, 4-H Youth Program Coordinator.  We deliver community education which fosters healthy youth and families, prosperous farms, ranches and businesses, and strong, resilient, proud communities.  You will be the link between SLV Area Extension Agents and Conejos County youth and Families in delivering 4-H, in-school and after school Extension educational programs. This is a 9 month pilot position.  Job Hours will be variable and flexible, averaging up to 30 hours per week at $16-$18 per hour.

High School Diploma or GED required, Conejos County resident preferred.  To learn more call Larry Brown, Area Extension Director (719) 852-7381, 719-850-2139.

Applicants please read the full job description and apply at: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/102953 For full consideration, all materials must be received directly at this link no later than 11:59 PM MST on Monday, May 9, 2022.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service, and engagement.

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

 
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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. 
http://www.coloradocwts.com/mandated-reporter-training

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. 
http://www.cofosterandadopt.org/

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

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

Director:
Nicholas Barela

Child Care/Child Support Supervisor:
Christine Garcia

Child Welfare/Adult Protection Supervisor:
Michelle Ferrera

Eligibility Supervisor:
Kayte Mora


Address:

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)

Contact Form

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