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In 2012, Governor Hickenlooper announced a new child welfare plan – “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy” – that detailed a common practice approach for Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations designed to strengthen the state’s child welfare system. In 2013, the second phase of the plan built upon five core strategies by revamping the front end of Colorado’s child protection system through enhanced screening of calls reporting possible child abuse or neglect; new prevention strategies to assist families before they become part of the system; and training for mandatory reporters so at-risk children come to the attention of the child protection system sooner.
Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy identified five core strategies.
In addition, CDHS, counties and legislative leadership plan to work collaboratively with the State Auditor to review the state’s workload/caseload for county caseworkers.