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Colorado hires private investigators to find teens who went missing when the state abruptly closed a youth center

When state child welfare officials arrived at a now-closed youth center to collect teenagers and send them to other placements, surprised kids scattered into the fields surrounding the residential facility in Watkins. A month later, two teenage boys are still missing.  And in the aftermath of what critics are calling a botched operation to abruptly […]

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Calls to Colorado’s child abuse hotline fell during coronavirus, but harm to kids likely didn’t

As feared by child advocates, the number of calls to a statewide abuse and neglect hotline dropped significantly during the coronavirus pandemic.  That’s not because abuse and neglect declined, but because the isolated days of COVID-19 have kept children out of sight.  Calls to the hotline fell 13% compared with 2019 — that’s 193,448 calls […]

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

GOLDEN — Colorado’s most troubled youth corrections center, where several teens and staff were injured in a riot last spring and where a new report found rampant drug use, will undergo a physical transformation this year.  The massive complex — surrounded by mesh fence that bends inward to prevent escape — will become four separate […]