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Child and Family Investigators

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 the 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.

The Office of the State Court Administrator (“SCAO”) oversees eligibility of non-attorney CFIs, including licensed mental health professionals, and privately paid attorney CFIs. The Office of the Child’s Representative oversees eligibility of state paid attorney CFIs.  Attorney CFIs who wish to accept both private pay and state pay cases must comply with the separate eligibility processes of both offices.

How can I file a complaint against a CFI?

Click the button titled CHILD AND FAMILY INVESTIGATOR COMPLAINT FORM below to file a complaint online.

Child and Family Investigator Complaint Form

Where are the district rosters?

 

Current Judicial District CFI Rosters

The State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO) is not certifying or recommending any professional by inclusion in this roster. Inclusion in this roster only indicates that the professional has submitted a completed affidavit to SCAO and successfully passed a criminal background check with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation through processes and guidelines established by SCAO. Inclusion in this roster only indicates eligibility for consideration of appointment by a judicial district or the Office of the Child’s Representative. Judicial districts and the Office of the Child’s Representative determine final eligibility for appointment of any Child and Family Investigator. A party considering requesting appointment of a Child and Family Investigator should conduct an independent investigation of the qualifications of a professional. Inclusion on the eligibility roster should not create an expectation of appointment by the Court.

Who can be a CFI? 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.
How do I become a CFI?

The Office of the State Court Administrator (SCAO) will post a link below to the online CFI affidavit, with notice of the deadline for affidavit submission, when the Statewide CFI Roster is open for inclusion of additional CFIs. The Statewide Roster will be open no more frequently than once each year.

After submitting a timely CFI affidavit, SCAO will provide prospective CFIs with fingerprint cards with which to begin the background check process. Following the receipt of suitable background check results, prospective CFIs may then be permitted to register for the Colorado Judicial Branch mandatory CFI training, which will be held before the July 1 Statewide CFI Roster update. Attorneys seeking state pay CFI appointments should contact the Office of the Child’s Representative regarding additional requirements and processes.

When must new prospective CFIs submit the online CFI affidavit?

For 2014, affidavits of prospective CFIs were accepted from January 2, 2014 through January 31, 2014.  Future deadlines will be posted on this web site.

CFIs who completed the original or renewal CFI process in 2013 must submit renewal affidavits in February 2016. CFIs who completed the original CFI process in 2014 must submit renewal affidavits in February 2017. In advance of the deadline for renewing CFI eligibility, SCAO will provide electronic notice of the renewal affidavit deadline using the last known email addresses for CFIs with expiring eligibility.

Where do I find the online CFI affidavit?

When the Statewide CFI Roster is open for inclusion of additional CFIs, there will be a link below titled “PROSPECTIVE CFI AFFIDAVIT” with a stated deadline. Prospective CFIs will be considered for inclusion on the Roster if their affidavits are complete and timely submitted. Attorneys seeking state pay CFI appointments must also apply through the Office of the Child’s Representative.

Authorities

Statute and Chief Justice Directives:   

§14-10-116.5, C.R.S. Governs the appointment of CFIs
 

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Chief Justice Directive 04-08
  Addresses appointment of CFIs, standards of practice and complaint procedures.
              
Chief Justice Directive 04-05  Addresses payment of CFIs, except for state paid attorney CFIs.

Chief Justice Directive 04-06  Addresses payment of state paid attorney CFIs.

Policies and Practice Guidelines:

Policies Governing Standard 6 of CJD 04-08

Practice Guideline Standard 8 - Use of Support Staff

Colorado Judicial Department CFI Mandatory Training

No trainings are currently scheduled. All future trainings will be posted on this website.

Only the Colorado Judicial Department Mandatory CFI Training satisfies the mandatory training requirement, pursuant to CJD 04-08, Standard 6, and the Policies Governing Standard 6 of Chief Justice Directive 04-08 issued by the Office of the State Court Administrator.

Who do I contact?

For questions about non-attorney CFI appointments and private pay attorney CFI appointments, please email Kara Martin at Kara.Martin@judicial.state.co.us. For questions about state-pay attorney CFI appointments, contact the Office of the Child’s Representative.

 

                                        
 

 

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