Ensuring safety for Colorado’s children today and envisioning a stronger child protection system for the future.

Contact us to share a concern about your experience with Colorado’s child protection system.

Are you living in a Division of Youth Services’ youth center or an out-of-home placement and have questions or concerns?

What We Do

As an independent agency we work on behalf of Colorado’s children and families. We listen to the public about their experience with and concerns about child protection, research and investigate those issues, and determine the best way to resolve each inquiry. Our work also allows us to collaborate with lawmakers, professionals and other stakeholders to advance legislation and policies that will have a lasting, positive impact on our children and families

How We Work for Colorado

Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman was created to ensure the state’s complex child protection system consistently provides high quality services to every child, family and community in Colorado.
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Listen

We listen to people about their experience with and concerns about child protection.

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Investigate

We research and investigate concerns reported by any Coloradan about service delivery within the child protection system.

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Resolve

We determine the best way to resolve concerns – that might mean bridging communication barriers or resolving conflicts based on misunderstanding.

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Identify Trends

We identify trends where the community’s needs have changed and the system hasn’t had the funding, resources or practices to keep up with it. As a result, we make public recommendations for system improvement.

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Lasting Change

We convene lawmakers, professionals and other stakeholders to advance legislation and policies that have a lasting, positive impact on children and families.

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calls from concerned Coloradans since our inception

Our Impact

Our work plays an important role in increasing collaboration within the system, identifying opportunities for improvement and advocating for the policies, funding and resources professionals need to best serve children and families.

Advocacy

We collaborate with child protection experts, providers, the public, the General Assembly and other stakeholders to recommend systemic changes and advance legislation that improves outcomes for all Colorado children and families.

Advocacy

We collaborate with child protection experts, providers, the public, the General Assembly and other stakeholders to recommend systemic changes and advance legislation that improves outcomes for all Colorado children and families.

important updates from CPO

Mandatory Reporting Task Force convenes for second meeting

The Office of the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) hosted the second meeting of the Mandatory Reporting Task Force on Wednesday as stakeholders began the process of evaluating the effectiveness of the state’s child abuse reporting law. “Today was the first step in taking a global look at the impact mandatory reporting has had on children, families and communities across Colorado and our country,” said Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte. “At the end of the day, we want to …

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CPO hosts third meeting of Timothy Montoya Task Force

During its third meeting Wednesday, the Timothy Montoya Task Force to Prevent Children from Running Away from Out-of-Home Placement explored the systems that respond to youth when they run from out-of-home placements. The group also listened to researchers present two compelling studies on who runs away and why. “What we are doing here is really important and the community is really engaged in this conversation,” said Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte. “As we decide what directions we want to …

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FAQs

Anyone who has concerns regarding Colorado’s child protection system. We often hear from parents, grandparents, foster parents, attorneys, child protection professionals, mental health providers and medical professionals, and youth in foster care or the Division of Youth Services. 

The CPO is charged with hearing the public’s complaints related to services administered by any public agency or provider that receives public money to support the safety, permanency or well-being of children. We also help Coloradans navigate the complex child protection system and connect them with resources.

The CPO will contact you regarding your complaint within 48 business hours of receiving a message. We will research your complaint – this may include reviewing records we have independent access to that are not otherwise available to the public. We may also contact relevant agencies. Once the case is closed, we will contact you.