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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

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

It’s now illegal in Colorado to send kids to lockup for non-serious crimes. But what if they can’t go home?

Nearly every district attorney in the state signed a letter asking the state Department of Human Services to provide shelter beds for juveniles

News

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 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

Opinion: A Colorado judge’s censure demonstrates how racial bias permeates our child protection system

That racism is not over because a single judge chooses to resign under pressure. More questions demand our attention.

Opinion Columns

Families kept in the dark about children’s safety in Colorado’s child welfare system

Colorado's child fatality review team did not investigate the death of a 12-year-old boy who ran away from a residential center. State officials refuse to release numbers of abuse allegations.

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

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

About one-third of foster kids who leave the system to live on their own end up homeless within three years. A proposed change would let them go back until their 21st birthday.

Politics and Government

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

State child welfare officials were investigating neglect, lack of supervision and safety issues when Tennyson Center for Children decided to close its residential program.

News

Rep. Lindsey Daugherty: Colorado must do more for its youth in foster care

Foster youth can thrive and lead wonderful, impactful lives if they are given the opportunity and the care they need.

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

New programs aim to house Colorado foster youth who end up homeless

More than a third of the 200 kids who age out of foster care each year in Colorado end up without shelter. New programs help anchor young adults with housing and even savings accounts.

Housing

Opinion: We have a chance to improve the lives of foster children at their darkest hour

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Budget cuts create opportunities — child mental health and welfare should advance

Opinion Columns

An army of volunteers is using Facetime, Zoom to protect Colorado foster kids during coronavirus

Calls to the child abuse hotline are down during the pandemic and fewer eyes are on kids. One advocate tried to determine via video conference whether a little girl’s bruises were from falling off her bike.

News

Opinion: Let’s celebrate those running toward suffering in our coronavirus world

Opinion Columns
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