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Colorado mom who fatally abused 7-year-old daughter sentenced to 16 years

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A Colorado mother who fatally abused her 7-year-old daughter and lied about her health to get handouts from charities worth at least $100,000 was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison. Judge Patricia Herron issued the sentence to Kelly Turner after she pleaded guilty last month to […]

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Advocates to push for overhaul of Colorado’s youth residential centers — and they’re looking to Florida for help

A group of child protection advocates including the state ombudsman and a lawmaker will push for a massive overhaul of Colorado’s residential centers for kids in foster care or with severe mental health issues.  They’ve set their sights on copying a Florida law that revamped the way centers in that state are evaluated to make […]

Posted inColoradans, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado child welfare panel begins work on preventing abuse at residential youth centers

A panel of child welfare experts began the process Tuesday of strengthening Colorado regulations to better protect kids living in round-the-clock treatment centers for foster youth and children with severe mental health issues.  The group, formed after a recent Colorado Sun/9 News investigation into runaways and lax supervision at residential facilities, will make recommendations about […]

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Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation

A state child welfare committee will consider changing the way allegations of institutional abuse are investigated at residential centers for troubled kids, following news reports about a chronic runaway problem that resulted in two deaths.  Two state lawmakers, meanwhile, are vowing to strengthen mental health treatment for children and compel the state child welfare division […]

Posted inColoradans, Housing, Politics and Government

Foster youth who leave the system as teens could return until age 21 under new Colorado proposal

Viviana Cervantes was released from foster care directly from a residential treatment center. Within a few months, she found herself in her college dorm room “with a bagful of psychiatric medication” she didn’t know how to manage. She had a $500-per-month stipend to help start life on her own, but little financial sense to use […]

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Denver’s Tennyson Center to close its residential program after runaways, overdoses and child’s death

One of Colorado’s oldest homes for the most troubled foster children is closing its residential program after a series of dangerous lapses in care, including the death of a child who ran away and was struck by a car. Youth at Tennyson Center for Children in northwest Denver were able to break into a drug […]

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Calls to Colorado’s child abuse hotline fell during coronavirus, but harm to kids likely didn’t

As feared by child advocates, the number of calls to a statewide abuse and neglect hotline dropped significantly during the coronavirus pandemic.  That’s not because abuse and neglect declined, but because the isolated days of COVID-19 have kept children out of sight.  Calls to the hotline fell 13% compared with 2019 — that’s 193,448 calls […]

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Colorado child protection caseworker under investigation for falsifying reports about checking on kids, at-risk adults

At first, the child protection worker’s supervisor noticed missing notes in a handful of cases of alleged abuse and neglect.  Then more cases looked suspicious, as if the caseworker’s details about checking on children and their families weren’t actually true. After an outside team — a crew of 15 caseworkers from nine counties — was […]