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Child Welfare

Child Welfare Mission Statement

"The Child Welfare Unity believes that all children and youth have the right to live in a permanent, safe and stable home, while preserving the rights and promoting the responsibilities of the family by respectfully partnering with families to support, strengthen and empower them in a culturally responsive and collaborative manner."

Services Available

Child Welfare offers casework, case management, and services to children (0-18 years) and their families who meet specific program requirements in the following areas:

  • Youth in Conflict
    • Children and youth who are beyond the control of their parents or guardians.
    • Children and youth whose behavior is such that there is a likelihood they may cause harm to themselves or to others or who have committed acts that could cause them to be adjudicated a delinquent child by the courts.
  • Children in Need of Protection
    • Children whose physical, mental or emotional well-being has been threatened or harmed due to abuse or neglect.
    • Children who are subjected to circumstances in which there is a reasonable likelihood that they are at risk of harm due to abuse or neglect by their parents or caretakers which shall include children who are alleged to be responsible for the abuse or neglect and are under the age of 10.
  • Children in Need of Specialized Services
    • Children with subsidized adoption.
    • Children with Medicaid Only services.
    • Children whose disposition is no longer for reunification.

The Department accepts reports of known or suspected abuse or neglect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. To make a report call:

  • During normal business hours: (719) 275-2318, ask for Child Welfare.
  • To report emergencies after hours , holidays and weekends: (719) 285-2000, ask for the on-call child welfare social worker

Child Welfare Mandated Reporter Training

New State Child Welfare Hotline Number
The Colorado Department of Human Services has launched a new statewide child abuse and neglect hotline:

1-844-CO4-KIDS
(1-844-264-5437)

This hotline is designed to provide one, easy-to-remember phone number for individuals to use statewide to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The hotline serves as a direct route to Colorado's 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All callers will be able to speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.