A child and family investigator (“CFI”) may be appointed in a domestic relations case pursuant to section 14-10-116.5, C.R.S. upon request of either party or upon the court’s own motion. The court determines the scope of the child and family investigator’s appointment. The role of the CFI is to investigate, report and make recommendations to the court on issues outlined in the order of appointment that affect the best interests of children involved in the domestic relations case. The CFI shall file a written report with the court and may be called as a witness.
Individuals interested in practicing as a CFI must complete the affidavit process through the State Court Administrator’s Office (“SCAO”). If an applicant is accepted, that person will be placed on the statewide roster. It is up to the individual judicial districts to establish their own rosters of CFIs authorized to practice in their district based on the statewide eligibility roster.
Current Statewide Rosters
|Who is this for?
||Individuals interested in providing services as a child and family investigator in domestic relations cases. A CFI may be an attorney, mental health professional, or anyone with appropriate training and qualifications.
|What is this for?
||Individuals must submit a completed affidavit to be considered for placement on the statewide and district eligibility rosters.
|What is the deadline?
Affidavits are only accepted during the open affidavit period that takes place each winter.
For 2013, NEW applications will only be accepted from January 2, 2013 through 5pm on February 15, 2013. Affidavits received after that time will not be considered.
For 2013, RENEWAL applications will only be accepted from April 1, 2013 through 5pm on June 1, 2013. Affidavits received after that time will not be considered.
|What is the qualification Process?
|The following information is provided as a resource for potential applicants.
Statute that authorizes the appointment of a child and family investigator.
Chief Justice Directive 04-08
(amended December 2012)
Discusses the guidelines for appointment, standards of practice including relevant areas of training, and the court’s role and responsibilities.
Chief Justice Directive 04-05
Discusses payment procedures for child and family investigators.
Chief Justice Directive 04-06
Discusses payment procedures for state paid attorney child and family investigators.
|How do I apply?
CFI Renewal Affidavit
RENEWAL affidavits (for current CFIs) will be available starting April 1, 2013. The renewal affidavit must be completed by all individuals who are currently listed on the Statewide Roster (whether or not you have been appointed on a case). Please read the affidavit and answer all questions completely as incomplete affidavits will not be accepted and may result in removal from the statewide roster. Failure to submit a renewal affidavit will result in removal from the statewide roster.
Renewal Affidavit Process:
2. Once you request a renewal affidavit, you will be directed to a webpage containing the affidavit. Download the renewal affidavit by clicking on the link that says “Renewal Affidavit.”
3. Complete the affidavit.
4. Upload the affidavit along with proof of good standing, if you hold a professional license, using the site “We Transfer.”
a. Proof of Good Standing - this may be a screen shot from the DORA or Colorado Supreme Court website showing that your license is in good standing and that you have not received any disciplinary actions.
b. We Transfer - you will receive a link to this site after you complete the request for the renewal affidavit. You will receive confirmation from We Transfer once your documents have been uploaded and again when we download them.
5. You will receive a letter regarding the status of your renewal affidavit once it has been processed.
Failure to submit a renewal affidavit will result in removal from the statewide and district eligibility rosters effective June 30, 2013.
|Colorado Judicial Department Child and Family Investigator Training
Click on the URL link to go to the registration page. Some users will need to copy and paste the entire URL into their internet browser.
June 10-14, 2013 Adams (This training is currently full) Email email@example.com to be placed on the waitlist
|Who do I contact?