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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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Despite reforms, the number of children dying of abuse and neglect in Colorado hasn’t subsided

In the past five years, 146 children died in Colorado from abuse or neglect. You haven’t heard about almost any of them.  The children are listed — not by name but by case number — on spreadsheets published online under Colorado law by the state human services department. Only a few of their deaths made […]

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Colorado’s child abuse hotline can’t process tips from social media or email — despite a memo urging change

Colorado’s statewide hotline to report child abuse and neglect has no process in place to accept texts, social media tips or even emails, a concern raised by an employee a year ago in an internal child welfare division memo. The hotline — launched in 2015 to give Coloradans a single 800-number instead of expecting them […]