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Latest estimates show that Colorado is home to nearly 1.3 million children, 26% are under the age of five.
Children and youth who come to the attention of the child welfare system have disproportionately high rates of emotional and mental health challenges, and are prescribed high rates of psychotropic medications. Nationwide, over 10% of children/youth in foster care take psychotropic medications.
Several young people involved in the Eagles Program at Lookout Mountain visited Jeffco Action Center to help prepare for giving out school supplies to families in need in Jefferson C
Last year, while conducting a routine fire inspection at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, a firefighter with the Golden Fire Department observed youth in the construction trades program building mock homes.
With less than two years remaining, Werthein created a "punch list" outlining priorities which the Office of Children, Youth and Families aims to accomplish before the end of this administration on January 1, 2019 to create lasting change in Colorado’s child welfare, juvenile justice and domestic violence systems.
The Colorado Juvenile Parole Board (JPB) is seeking applications to fill two open citizen positions, one from West of the Continental Divide and one which is open to all citizens. Members are appointed to serve a four-year term by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.
Several bills passed during the 2017 legislative session that may impact the children, youth and families served through the programs and divisions within the CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families. Below is a brief summary of a few more pieces of legislation that professionals in the fields of child welfare, domestic violence and juvenile justice may want to learn more about.