Monday, February 27, 2017
12:00PM - 1:15PM
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
House Committee Room 107
Child abuse and neglect is a critical issue facing all Colorado communities. In 2016, the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline System received 206,107 calls from concerned Coloradans. Mandatory reporters made up 53% of those calls, with 40% of calls being made by non-mandatory reporters (often family, friends, neighbors), up from 24% in 2015, and 6% of callers choosing to remain anonymous. Approximately 37% of child welfare referrals are generally accepted for assessment by the department with a number of those then resulting in dependency and neglect cases being filed, thereby allowing courts to provide oversight while families receive services and supports needed to meet the best interests of children.
Our first Children’s Caucus of 2017, Child Welfare 101, will walk through what happens after a call is made to the hotline system. This overview will cover the process from screening and assessment of safety and risks all the way through the court process associated with dependency and neglect court proceedings.
Katie Facchinello, Communications Manager, CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families
Laura Solomon, CDHS Division of Child Welfare Intake Child Protection Administrator
Betsy Fordyce, Esq., Director of Youth Empowerment and Legal Advocacy Program, RMCLC
"Child Welfare101" Diagram