The Office of Early Childhood has announced that 14 counties will receive funding from a new program to prevent child maltreatment and abuse.
Included as part of Governor Hickenlooper’s "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0" child welfare plan, the Colorado Community Response program is awarding grants to provide additional resources to families who are not currently involved in the child welfare system but are still at potential risk for incidents of child abuse or maltreatment.
Starting in January, 14 counties and their partners will receive $728,000 to pilot the Colorado Community Response program:
In Colorado, approximately 55% of child welfare referrals are screened out following a maltreatment report. These families generally do not receive further outreach or support, yet research shows that while an immediate safety risk may not be present, many screened out families are still in need of services. The Colorado Community Response program is designed to increase the availability of community support for families through parenting skills and access to community services.