News & Updates

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, …

CPO Announces Special Initiative for 2020

As an independent state agency, the CPO is charged with studying and improving the systems tasked with protecting Colorado’s children and with helping citizens navigate …

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 …

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 …