Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, LFS walks with the vulnerable through services that heal, strengthen and provide hope.
Helping the most vulnerable has been Lutheran Family Services history. Founded in 1948 to provide adoptive placement for unwanted children, over time programs were added and adapted to meet new and increasing community needs. In the 1960's, LFS began serving the aging population, and in the 1970's, programs were added to provide international adoptions and services to refugees. In the late 90's and early 2000's LFS began formally responding to natural and human-caused disasters. Since 2000, LFS has added: an African American Caregiver support Program; and infant adoption awareness program for healthcare providers; and, most recently, an employment training center for refugees. In 2005 LFS was accredited to provide basic legal immigration services. LFS is now one of the largest private foster care provider in the state and the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Rocky Mountain region.
With offices located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Silverthorne, Greeley, Fort Morgan, and New Mexico, and services provided in Wyoming and Montana, LFS now responds to critical social and emotional needs of more than 30,000 people annually. The issues encountered daily by LFS staff and volunteers included unintended pregnancy, family violence, child abuse and neglect, the impact of natural disasters, older adult isolation, and the plight of refugees and documented immigrants. LFS develops and provides programs that not only respond to such issues, but also help to prevent these situations from occurring in the first place.