News & Updates

Searching for the Why: Understanding Why Children Run from Residential Treatment Centers Will Help Us Ensure Their Safety

Youth in our state’s residential treatment facilities are running away in record numbers. This is not news. Rather, it is a three-decades-old problem that is …

A New Approach: How a New Method of Investigating Allegations of Child Abuse and Neglect Can Help Children and Their Caregivers

The CPO discusses how one study may inform the way Colorado responds to child abuse and neglect investigations. On May 26, 2021, Tiffany Madrid, the …

Strengthening Colorado’s Foster Youth Protection Laws

The CPO highlights needed improvements for laws that provide protections to youth in foster care. May is Foster Care Awareness Month. The purpose of this …

An afternoon with the Child Protection Ombudsman Board chairs

The CPO’s Karen Nielsen, Director of Administrative Services, sat down with the CPO Board’s first chair and his successor to discuss how the agency has …

Part Four — One Year of COVID: CPO analysts describe the impacts of the pandemic on the child protection system.

One year ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic settled into Colorado, the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) staff sat together around a conference table …