News & Updates

Child Protection Ombudsman Releases Brief on Prioritizing Child Protection Workers During COVID-19

County human service departments respond to 40,000 reports of possible child abuse or neglect throughout Colorado each year. Roughly 100 times a day, child protection …

CPO in the News: “Coronavirus In Colorado: Shutdown Causes Drop In Child Abuse Reporting”

Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte joined the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services to speak with CBS4 News about the drop in child abuse reporting during COVID-19 …

An Open Letter to Child Protection and Human Services Staff Everywhere

Thank you for coming to work today. Like many of us, you woke up this week and saw a tragedy unfolding. The world as we …

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 …

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 …