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Bill aims to prevent runaways, improve mental health results for Colorado foster youth at residential centers 

A task force included in the bill would be named after a 12-year-old boy who ran away from a Denver residential center and was struck and killed by an SUV.

Social Services

Colorado shuts down youth center in Watkins after allegations of drugs, fights and improper restraints of kids

State officials showed up Thursday to remove children from Ridge View Youth Services Center. Several tried to run away and one is still missing.


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

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

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.


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

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.


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.