Child Welfare

Colorado’s child welfare system is state supervised and administered by Colorado's 64 counties. The Division of Child Welfare oversees child welfare practice, provides policy direction and provides 80 percent of the funding for services. Counties contribute approximately 20 percent of the funding through local revenues.

CDHS’s Division of Child Welfare is composed of a specialized set of services that strengthen the ability of the family to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and ensure timely permanency planning. Services stabilize the family situation and strengthen the family’s capacity to care for their children. When safety is not possible within the family, services focus on the child’s need for a stable, permanent home as quickly as possible.  

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Get involved. We all play a role in preventing child abuse.

In 2015, the Colorado Department of Human Services, in partnership with more than one hundred and fifty community partners throughout the state and Governor Hickenlooper, launched a multi-year Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign to engage all Coloradans in the prevention of child abuse and promote the new Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). 

This CO4KIDS campaign is intended to help you:

  • better understand the legal definition of child abuse and neglect in Colorado,  
  • recognize the signs and behaviors associated with the various types of child abuse and neglect,
  • know what happens after you call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 
  • learn how to prevent child abuse, and
  • help people who want to get involved by fostering, adopting and volunteering with local organizations making a difference in Colorado communities. 

Visit www.co4kids.org to learn more and get involved.