News & Updates

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 …

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 …