child abuse and neglect
Advocates to push for overhaul of Colorado’s youth residential centers — and they’re looking to Florida for help
The plan follows a Colorado Sun/9News investigative series on the number of runaways from youth residential facilities, plus months of meetings
Colorado child welfare panel begins work on preventing abuse at residential youth centers
The process is likely to take a year and includes state and county child protection staff, plus foster family groups and residential treatment centers.
Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation
Two children were struck by cars and died after running away from youth residential treatment centers in the Denver area.
Foster youth who leave the system as teens could return until age 21 under new Colorado proposal
About one-third of foster kids who leave the system to live on their own end up homeless within three years. A proposed change would let them go back until their 21st birthday.
Denver’s Tennyson Center to close its residential program after runaways, overdoses and child’s death
State child welfare officials were investigating neglect, lack of supervision and safety issues when Tennyson Center for Children decided to close its residential program.
Calls to Colorado’s child abuse hotline fell during coronavirus, but harm to kids likely didn’t
Child welfare officials have been concerned throughout the coronavirus pandemic that kids were out of sight of teachers, doctors who must report abuse
“Fraudulent worker” investigation shakes Moffat County; human services director leaves job
County officials refuse to respond to inquiries about the staff shakeup and probe of more than 80 cases
Colorado child protection caseworker under investigation for falsifying reports about checking on kids, at-risk adults
The alleged fraud was uncovered after Moffat County fell behind on abuse and neglect reports, and the state sent in a team of 15 caseworkers to clean up the mess
Opinion: Child abuse reports are down, but is abuse just going unseen during the pandemic?
In rural Crowley County, a safe return to in-person school is really the only option
The challenges of distance learning hit schools on the high plains of southeast Colorado especially hard. With fewer resources than larger, wealthier urban districts, Crowley County relied on dedicated educators to try to fill the gap.
Colorado’s new strategy to prevent child sexual abuse zeroes in on every ZIP code
The child advocacy organization Illuminate Colorado is funding a program to train at least 5% of the population in each county
Opinion: An open letter to child protection and human services staff everywhere
Opinion: Let’s celebrate those running toward suffering in our coronavirus world
Despite reforms, the number of children dying of abuse and neglect in Colorado hasn’t subsided
Fewer than half of child deaths are reviewed, and the child protection ombudsman is calling for a new process
Opinion: No Colorado child should be forced to move between 17 homes to heal
Opinion: Should letting your kid play outside be illegal?
Most money spent in the child welfare system comes after kids are in foster care. What if that’s backwards?
A multi-county, privately funded project aims to flip the system to prevent kids from needing services in the first place.
Colorado has a big shortage of volunteers to speak up for foster kids in court
That gap has sparked Colorado court appointed special advocates to make a plea for more volunteers -- they want 2,020 new ones in 2020