Child Protection

Child Welfare Services constitutes a specialized set of services that are intended to strengthen the ability of a family to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and ensure timely permanency planning. Services are aimed at stabilizing the family situation and strengthening the family’s capacity to care for their children. When safety is not possible within the family, services are focused on the child’s need for a stable, permanent home as quickly as possible.

Suspecting Child Abuse or Neglect

Everyone in the community plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. 

To report suspected child abuse please call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)

If it is an emergency or you are witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. 

All Colorado citizens are encouraged to report suspected abuse or neglect of children. When making a report to Child Protective Services (CPS), it is helpful to provide as much detailed information as possible about the child(ren), parents, and situation. Whenever possible, provide the following information:

  • Names and date of birth of the child(ren) and all other children in the household
  • Home address
  • School the child(ren) attends
  • Name and contact information for the parent(s) and/or caregivers
  • Place of employment (if applicable) for the parents/caregivers
  • Current location, if different from the home address
  • Reason for suspected abuse or neglect
  • Names and contact information for other family members, friends, etc. (if known)