Social Services


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.


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 Karina.Soto@state.co.us

Case  Manager

Cindy Silva


Case Manager

Kristin Mora


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

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. 

Conejos County Social Services is seeking a Child Care/Fiscal Recovery Technician.  Salary, DOQ $33,022.  Duties include: Determines eligibility for child care assistance, refer children for child care assistance and work with child care providers.  Will select and identify delinquent accounts receivable and determine the potential for collection of monies owed to Social Services.  High School Diploma or equivalent required, one-year experience preferred. Application Form Required.  Applications accepted until filled and available at County Human Resources/Administration Office 6683 County Rd. 13, Conejos CO.  or via email upon request at cricci@co.conejos.co.us.  Inquiries call (719) 376-6799. Deadline January 20, 2022.  EOE

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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