Colorado officials call reduction in child abuse hotline calls during COVID-19 pandemic ‘concerning’

Fox 31 News

The director of Colorado’s Office of Children, Youth and Families, says fewer people have been calling to report child abuse and neglect since the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools and other family services in the state. “It’s concerning,” said Minna Castillo Cohen, who said mandatory reporters like educators and nurses account for a large portion of the calls that come into the call center. The calls, she said, are down by more than 1/3 from this same time last year. Teachers and caregivers aren’t seeing children as often.

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