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Child Protection Ombudsman voices concerns to child welfare interim committee

The CPO appeared before the Colorado Child Welfare System Interim Study Committee on June 27 to present on four critical issues facing children and families involved in the state’s child welfare and protection systems. “As we look for solutions, we must think about accountability and transparency along a continuum for all of us stakeholders,” said …

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CPO Board of Directors applications open

Applications for three vacancies on the 12-member Office of the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Board of Directors are now open through the Colorado Governor’s Office and Colorado Judicial Branch. The CPO Board meets virtually or in a hybrid format for three hours every other month to review agency documents, such as financial reports, meeting minutes …

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New research captures voices of youth who have run away from out-of-home placements

The Office of the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman released a new report from the University of Denver’s Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab that provides an unprecedented look at the lived experiences of youth who have run away from foster care or residential treatment facilities as well as the experiences of current treatment providers. “Not all …

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Analyst assists out-of-state mother with her Colorado son’s fentanyl addiction and unsafe living situation

A mother living in another state called our agency seeking help for her son, who was living with his father in Colorado. She was concerned about her son’s fentanyl addiction and safety. An assessment by the local county human services agency had been opened after her son violently acted out towards his father, threatened self-harm …

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Task Force reviews existing language, regulations and data for youth running away

The Office of the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) hosted the fourth meeting of the Timothy Montoya Task Force on Wednesday as the group began its analysis of current language, laws and data concerning children and youth who run away from out-of-home placements. “Today was a really rich conversation and the task force was provided …

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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 …

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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 …

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CPO hosts first Mandatory Reporting Task Force meeting

The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) hosted multidisciplinary stakeholders from across the state Wednesday in the inaugural meeting of the new Mandatory Reporting Task Force that will address the state’s child abuse reporting law. “I think Colorado is one of the best places for us to make public policy change for children and …

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