The number of calls increased slightly compared to the previous year
DENVER, January 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is reporting that calls to the Colorado child abuse and neglect hotline, 844-CO-4-Kids (844-264-5437), from 2021 to 2022 decline in 2020. Calls to the hotline increased by 0.3% to 209,513 in 2022 versus 208,949 in 2021.
This slight increase in calls to the hotline follows an ongoing public awareness campaign to encourage Colorado residents to raise concerns about the safety and well-being of children and young people. CDHS continues to work to ensure this Colorado Communities are increasingly aware that we all have a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect. The hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient way to Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations responsible for acknowledging and responding to concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or young person. The Office of Children, Youth and Family (OCYF) encourages all Coloradans to call the hotline with concerns about child abuse.
“A call to the hotline could help a family connect with services that create a healthy environment for children to thrive,” said Minna Castillo CohenDirector of the OCYF. “I urge everyone to help a family if you can and know that if you are concerned about the well-being of a child or young person, it is okay to call the hotline.”
Calls from obligatory reporters fell by 2% in 2022 (representing 55% of all calls), while calls from non-obligatory reporters, which include the general public and family and friends, increased by 2% (45% of all calls) that previous year.
In 2022, local district human/social services departments assessed the safety and well-being of 50,699 children and young people in Colorado. In most situations, districts are able to work successfully with families to connect them with resources and avoid outsourcing. In fact, in 97% of child welfare assessments of abuse and neglect, children and young people can stay at home while their families receive benefits.
In 2022 14,737 Colorado Families were caught up in an open child welfare case. Of these cases, 70% of the children and young people remained safely at home while their families received services, and 30% were placed in alternative care, including with a related family, foster family, or in a community care facility.
Family support takes many forms. To learn more about ways to empower families to prevent child abuse and neglect, visit CO4Kids.org.
The Colorado Department of Human Services’ CO4Kids campaign encourages all Colorado residents to help strengthen families and communities. To learn more about the signs of child abuse and neglect and for information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, visit CO4Kids.org. Call 844-CO-4-Kids to report concerns about child abuse and neglect. If a child or teen is in imminent danger, dial 9-1-1.
Kelly Taborcommunications manager
Colorado Department of Human Services
SOURCE Colorado Department of Human Services