Colorado Department of Human Services

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A youth corrections center plagued by escapes, drugs and a riot is headed for a physical — and cultural — reorganization

Questions remain about whether the alterations at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center are enough to fix persistent problems within Colorado's Division of Youth Services

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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.

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Turning the child welfare system upside down in Colorado isn’t easy, or cheap

New federal law focuses on child abuse prevention, forces states to look to foster families instead of institutions

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A Pueblo center for troubled kids had 243 abuse allegations in the year before it closed

An investigation by Colorado’s child protection ombudsman asks what took so long to shut the facility down

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No texts, no posts, just phone calls: Colorado child abuse hotline won’t change policy to accept social media tips

Decision follows task force review to determine whether the 4-year-old unified hotline should modernize to allow tips via Facebook, email and more

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

Child advocates have concerns about social media and text tips, even after an unchecked inbox of messages was discovered