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News and Happenings at the Division of Child Welfare Services


2011/2012 Office of Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Annual ReportThis is the first report of the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman, as we celebrate the successfulcompletion of our inaugural year. The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (“Ombudsman Office”) officially opened June 1, 2011, and is managed and hosted by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). The Ombudsman Office was established through the passage of Senate Bill 10-171 in 2010, which passed both the Colorado State House and Senate by a unanimous vote. 


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Colorado's Practice Model
Colorado has been actively working to achieve the goal of collaboratively designing, implementing and evaluating a statewide child welfare practice model. As a result of tireless efforts over the past year, Colorado now has a consensus based practice model that is ready for the next critical step of our work together.   If you have any questions about Colorado's Practice Model, please contact David Menefee at 303-866-4379. 


The Colorado Disparities Resource Center
The American Humane Association, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, launched the Colorado Disparities Resource Center (CDRC) to address longstanding issues of disparities in child welfare based on race and ethnicity. The CDRC's overall focus is to develop solutions that respond to the complex causes of inequities in the child welfare system. A key element of the CDRC has been to obtain and use Colorado's data to "tell the story" of disproportionality and disparities in Colorado's child welfare system. The CDRC's website provides many valuable tools and resources, including an interactive sub-site of statewide data analyses, presented at the county and community level. For questions about the CDRC, please or e-mail us at: cdrc@americanhumane.org or visit our website at: www.colodrc.org


Annual Progress and Services Report FFY 2010 
This report summarizes the accomplishments and changes that have occurred in Colorado for SFY 2009, and is the first interim report for the 2010-2014 Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP). Included in the report are demographic data on children served by Colorado’s child welfare system, 2009 Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) findings and Colorado’s Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) development information. Specific information is provided in the areas of training, technical assistance, management information systems and research and evaluation.

Differential Response
The Colorado Consortium on Differential Response, a group comprised of five counties and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), applied for and received a $1.8 million federal research and development grant to fund a pilot project examining the effects of a differential response practice model on outcomes for children and families. In addition to the CDHS Division of Child Welfare; the consortium consists of Colorado State University; and the counties of Arapahoe, Fremont, Garfield, Jefferson and Larimer. The consortium, under the direction of a management team, has implemented this model in these counties as a four-year research pilot project between February 1, 2010 and June 30, 2013. All 64 counties were invited to participate in this consortium, and these five were selected through an application process for their dedication to innovative and collaborative practice.


Revised 09/19/2012