Colorado organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Colorado organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.

American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado
Colorado Association of Family & Children’s Agencies (CAFCA)
Colorado CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Family Resource Center Association
Fostering Colorado
Tennyson Center for Children

In Colorado, Protecting Children During Isolation Orders

Rocky Mountain PBS

Child welfare staff members are required to meet with families in person when they open an investigation after receiving referrals that indicate children may be at risk. Those requirements have not loosened in the era of social distancing.

DHS officials say calls to the child abuse hotline fell while Denver Public Schools students were on an extended spring break for three weeks in response to coronavirus. The department said it received 1,246 calls in the first 15 days of March but only 794 calls in the final half of the month.

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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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