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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

Politics and Government

Hundreds of Colorado children are awaiting adoption. State officials are asking for new funding to find them homes.

One child has been in the system for 18 years. Another has lived in 26 homes. Black children in Colorado wait longer for adoption than other races – no matter their age.

Social Services

An Adams County apartment complex set aside 12 units for foster youth. It barely makes a dent in the demand.

Federal funding and awareness about the need to provide affordable housing to youth exiting foster care have increased over the past decade

Housing

Colorado begins to reckon with racial bias in child welfare, where Black kids are way overrepresented

The inequity, experienced not just in Colorado but in child welfare systems across the nation, surfaced for scrutiny last spring as the country protested the murder of George Floyd.

Equity

Charges against 2 Colorado women accused of killing their newborns point to need for more awareness of Safe Haven law

Only three babies were given up at fire stations or hospitals last year under the law, which is intended to prevent infant homicide.

News

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

Politics and Government

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

Housing

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

News

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.

Politics and Government

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.

Sun Investigation

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.

Sun Investigation

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.

Sun Investigation

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.

Opinion Columns

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

News

Opinion: Kids heal better in safe homes than in institutional care, but that means challenges

Opinion Columns

“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

Sun Investigation

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

Sun Investigation

Opinion: Child abuse reports are down, but is abuse just going unseen during the pandemic?

Opinion Columns

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.

Education

Opinion: Child care in Colorado was ready for reinvention, COVID-19 now demands it

Opinion Columns
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