A federal deadline for Colorado to redesign its child welfare system has arrived
Under the Family First law, states are rewarded for keeping children in family settings instead of institutions
Broomfield house for aged-out foster kids is a model for solving Colorado’s youth homelessness crisis
Anchor House, a church and community project in Broomfield, has eight studio apartments for young people who have emancipated from the foster care system without families
Colorado hires private investigators to find teens who went missing when the state abruptly closed a youth center
Amid criticism about the state’s handling of the shutdown, the Human Services Department is paying private investigators $100/hour to find them
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.
With bites, bruises and low pay, caretakers for Colorado’s troubled youth say there’s not enough staff to keep kids — and each other — safe
The state has shifted funding to child abuse prevention and away from residential centers for youth who’ve suffered trauma. Now those centers are on the edge of a financial cliff.
The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers
So many children run away from residential treatment centers in Colorado that police departments are overwhelmed by the calls. Two kids have died.
Opinion: Colorado has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change child welfare
We have the tools we need to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Together, we can enrich our communities so that children and families flourish.
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
Opinion: Kids heal better in safe homes than in institutional care, but that means challenges
“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.
Opinion: Child care in Colorado was ready for reinvention, COVID-19 now demands it
Opinion: We have a chance to improve the lives of foster children at their darkest hour
Opinion: Budget cuts create opportunities — child mental health and welfare should advance
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