Colorado CPO

CPO in the News: “Trapped with an abuser: Colorado service providers prepare for wave of child abuse, domestic violence cases”

Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte spoke with the The Denver Post about the potential for increased child abuse and neglect while children are no longer interacting with mandatory reporters in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We’ve lost literally thousands of eyes on children. That’s probably the most immediate concern, knowing that we don’t have folks out there …

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As Impact of COVID-19 Spreads, Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman Signs Letter Calling for Efforts to Ensure the Safety and Well-being of Youth Living in Secured Facilities

On average, there are more than 620 youth in custody every day in Colorado. Consistently, there are 40 to 100 youth living in each of the Division of Youth Services’ secure facilities. Because these youth are housed together – living in close proximity of each other – they are at greater risk for infection. Many …

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Response to Covid-19

The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) continues to monitor and respond to the evolving circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As child protection agencies across Colorado respond to the rapidly changing situation, the CPO is committed to assisting children, families and agency partners to ensure services are accessible and information is provided in a timely manner.

CPO in the News: “State’s child protection ombudsman calls for all child abuse, neglect deaths to be investigated, followed up”

This week, CPO Stephanie Villafuerte spoke with The Colorado Sun  and 9NEWS about our special initiative to reform the child fatality review system. This year, our agency is committed to working with stakeholders to address gaps in our state’s child fatality review system so we can reduce the number of child deaths in Colorado. “The …

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CPO in the News: “A youth corrections center plagued by escapes, drugs and a riot is headed for a physical — and cultural — reorganization”

“What we want to see is a change in the underlying foundation of how they do business. There is a lack of transparency and accountability and that has led to children and staff being harmed.” – Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte on the Division of Youth Services Read the full Colorado Sun article here. The CPO also …

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CPO Helps Identify Barriers to Children’s Mental Health Access as Part of Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force

The CPO receives dozens of calls from parents each year who are trying to access mental health care for their children. In these cases, children are suffering from severe mental health disorders and in many instances are suffering from multiple diagnoses. Parents are scared and unable to get care for their children. They find that …

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