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Child Welfare


Division of Child Welfare
Robert Werthwein, Director

The Division of Child Welfare is a state supervised, county administered system.  If you want to report suspected abuse or neglect please contact the the Phillips County Department of Social Services at 970-854-2280 or the county in which the activity is taking place.  If you do not know what county, you need please call us at 303-866-5932.


Division of Child Welfare Location:
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO.  80203
Main Number:     303-866-5932
Fax Number:       303-866-5563

Program Description
Child Welfare is a division located in the
Office of Children, Youth and Family Services. It consists of a group of services intended to protect children from harm and to assist families in caring for and protecting their children. Taken together, these programs comprise the main thrust of Colorado’s effort to meet the needs of children who must be placed or are at risk of placement outside of their homes for reasons of protection or community safety. The delivery of Child Welfare Services in Colorado is primarily a state-supervised, county administered system.  Click here to see an organizational chart  of the Division of Child Welfare.


Division of Child Welfare Vision:
Colorado’s Children live in a safe, healthy and stable environment.


Everything we do enhances the delivery of child welfare services so that Colorado’s children and families are safe and stable.



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.


Guiding Principles:

  • Children and youth shall have the right to be raised by their families of origin. Families have the responsibility to raise and nurture their own children. Reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain the family unit through the provision of in-home services.
  • Placement shall be considered when there is evidence that leaving the child in the home would jeopardize the safety of the child or community. Reasonable efforts shall be made to reunite the family as soon as possible if removal is necessary. When reunification is not possible, adoption and other permanency options shall be aggressively and quickly pursued.
  • Appropriate and culturally competent services shall be provided to families, children and youth in their own homes and in out of home placement.
  • Children and youth who have been removed from the care of their parents shall have the right to have extended family members considered as placement resources, to be placed in a safe environment, not to be moved indiscriminately from one placement to another, and to have the assurance of a permanent family.
  • Consideration of the child’s age, race, ethnicity, culture, language, religion, and special needs shall guide the choice of out of home and adoptive placements.
  • Case planning shall involve the family so that relevant services can be provided to promote rehabilitation and reunification.
  • Child Welfare Services shall be provided in collaboration with other community agencies on behalf of children, youth and families.
  • Financial and programmatic accountability will be stressed using managed care principals to reinforce that children and their families received all required services.
  • Respect and build on staff’s strengths so that their expertise can be directed toward those assignments, which will benefit the Division’s mission in such areas as technical assistance, consultation, and training others.



  1. Improve services delivery to children and families through integration, planning, and collaboration.
  2. Provide easy access to the customers and public we serve.
  3. Provide for accountability in our service delivery.
  4. Integrate use of data systems.
  5. Use integrated comprehensive decision-making processes.
  6. Maximize efficiencies in operations.
  7. Focus on the cluster of children, youth, and families in the coordination and joint planning with Division of Youth Corrections.


Revised: 09/05/2013