Morgan County, Colorado – Caregivers, law enforcement officers and others in Morgan County are still adjusting to Colorado’s new method for reporting child abuse.
This month is the one-year anniversary of the statewide child abuse and neglect hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. The hotline was created by the Colorado Department of Human Services in an effort to give “mandatory reporters”—those who are required by law to report suspected child abuse—and others a single phone number to call whenever they’re concerned about a child, no matter where they are.
In 2015 the hotline received more than 26,000 calls statewide, but many people are still using the old, county-specific numbers, and Morgan County is no different.
Before 2015, people who suspected a case of child abuse would typically call the police or the Morgan County DHS directly. The new hotline automatically links callers to the appropriate call-taker for their county. In Morgan County, that’s usually someone in the DHS, who then notifies the police if necessary.
“There are goods and bads to it,” Fort Morgan police chief Darin Sagel said.
The hotline slightly delays police officers’ response time in emergencies, he said. Sagel also worries that some severe cases aren’t being reported to the police, since individuals who call the hotline are “not always equipped to tell how extensive the abuse is.”
But Jacque Frenier, director of the Morgan County DHS, said the hotline can save callers time by directing them to the right local organization immediately. It’s also helpful for those who don’t know which county the child lives in, or don’t speak English, she said.
“Initially, there were some hiccups,” she said. “But they’ve got most of them fixed now… the county’s mandatory reporters were used to calling us directly, but they’re getting used to it.”
The DHS has a few screeners whose job is to take calls about child abuse and determine the cases’ severity. In about three cases out of four, they then pass it along to the police. The only exceptions are cases which they determine require more assessment.
Many mandatory reporters, like teachers and medical workers, still call DHS or the police directly because those are the numbers they’re familiar with. Altogether, Frenier estimated her organization gets about 50 calls a month reporting child abuse or neglect.
Above all, she said it’s important to gather as many details about the situation as possible before calling the hotline. The more information DHS workers and law enforcement have, the faster they can respond.
“Many of us want to do the right thing, but some are unsure about first steps,” Robert Werthwein of the Colorado Department of Human Services said in a press release about the hotline. “This hotline can, and in many instances, should be step one.”
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Colorado hotline expands reporting of suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse reporting
State and local officials encourage Coloradans to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
People living anywhere in Colorado can call the state child abuse/neglect hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437), to speak to a representative 24 hours a day, every day.
People suspecting abuse of children or at-risk adults living in Boulder County can also call the county’s own hotline: 303-441-1309, also 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Information about Boulder County’s child welfare programs and services: bit.ly/1PmW8Uz
Colorado Department of Human Services information about preventing and reporting child abuse and neglect: bit.ly/1FiAkQH
With the approaching first anniversary of the launch of a toll-free statewide telephone hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect, child-welfare officials are urging Coloradans to stay vigilant if they’re concerned about a child’s safety and well-being.
The Colorado Department of Human Services announced that as of Dec. 20, state and county officials had received nearly 205,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect since the hotline went live on Jan. 1 — both through the new state hotline and from people contacting counties’ and the state’s human services offices.
“There is a growing understanding in our community that we all play a role in keeping our kids safe,” state Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha said in a news release.
Bicha said the 1-844-CO-4-KIDS hotline is integral to help Coloradans spot and report signs of child abuse and neglect. “One call can save a child,” he said.
Of the total 204,983 calls received by Dec. 20 about possible child abuse or neglect, 26,461 were made on the state hotline, according to Department of Human Services spokesman Lee Rasizer. Of that total, 4,516 came from Boulder County, 706 from Broomfield County and 5,395 from Weld County.
Under a system in which calls are evaluated and determinations made about whether further assessments and investigations are merited, and how rapidly those assessments and investigations need to be made, 88,441 of the total calls to the state’s hotline and Colorado counties were accepted for assessment and 32,709 were assessed and investigated, Rasizer said.
Accepted for assessment and possible further action, he said, were 1,678 of the original 4,516 reports originally received about possible child abuse or neglect in Boulder County, 183 of the 706 reports received about situations in Broomfield County, and 1,793 of the 5,395 reports about possible abuse or neglect in Weld County.
The state child abuse and neglect hotline links callers at all hours to the appropriate official. All calls are confidential and will be routed to the county where a child resides.
Boulder County also has its own child abuse hotline, 303-441-1309, said Jim Williams, spokesman for the County Department of Housing and Human Services. But in emergencies, call 911.
“The hotline technology allows callers to be connected around the clock with screeners who can discuss their concerns with them,” Williams said.
Our Children are not just being ignored, they continue to be used sexually by adults and subjected to STIs and STDs.
This year alone 10,000,000 Children and young people ages 13 to 24 will contract one (1) or more STI or STD, while the number of Children and young people in this age group contract HIV at an ever-increasing rate.
Now after so long, the ban has been lifted for HOMOSEXUALS to donate blood.
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How could the fact that fetal tissue is being used in research be covered-up, when it is against the law????
How could CPS donate $650,000 to Planned Parenthood, yet every time they are caught breaking the law, they whine about needing more $$$$ and being understaffed????
How can there be transparency in government, yet you can’t get a straight answer out of DHHS nor Planned Parenthood????
How can Gun Violence be an issue when an ever-increasing number of Our Children are contracting HIV/AIDS, or dying from prescription drugs, or dying from alcohol????
However, when all these numbers are added up, they are incomplete until at least 58,500,000 and most probably 78,500,000 murdered Children is added.
SO, AS I SAID EARLIER, HOW CAN ANOTHER NON-ISSUE BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR CHILDREN????