The public is notified about a qualifying incident through a "Public Notification of an Incident of Egregious Child Abuse or Neglect, Near Fatality, or Fatality”. At the time of public notification, maltreatment of a child is suspected, but not confirmed. This initial notification only informs the public that the CDHS has been notified about a qualifying incident. Please see section 26-1-139 of the Colorado Revised Statutes for a full explanation.
Determination of whether or not the maltreatment is substantiated or unsubstantiated takes a minimum of 60 days and in some circumstances longer. If the allegations of severe or fatal abuse or neglect are substantiated and the child and/or child’s family had previous involvement with a county Human Services agency that was directly related to the incident a review by the state Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) will be initiated. Follow this link for further details about the CFRT Process Timeline.