Child & Adult Protection

Child Protection Program:
Everyone plays a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.  Caseworkers and social workers are helping strengthen families and protect children, but they need your help.  To end child abuse and neglect, all Coloradans need to educate themselves and be willing to get involved to help a parent or a child.  TO M AKE  REPORT, please call the statewide Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.  

Adult Protective Services:
Adult protection provides assistance to at risk adults age 18 and older who are at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.  Effective July 1, 2014, Senate Bill 111 mandates that certain professionals are required by law to report abuse, caretaker neglect and exploitation of at-risk elders directly to local law enforcement.  An at-risk elder is any person age 70 and older and report must be made to law enforcement within 24 hours.  Adult protection will work with law enforcement and will continue to receive reports of self-neglect for at-risk adults 18 and over.    TO REACH THE HOTLINE, call 1-844-264-5437.
Protective services include but are not limited to:

  • Receiving and investigating reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation. 
  • Providing casework, arranging and coordinating services.
  • Providing information and referrals to community resources, including public assistance benefits.
  • Initiating probate proceedings as per C.R.S. 26-3.1-101(6)

Mental Health Crisis Hotline:  1-844-493-TALK (8255):
Help us spread the word about the state's first ever statewide mental health crisis hotline, 1-844-493-8255.  Research shows that individuals experiencing a mental health crisis who know how to access supportive services get more effective help sooner than those who struggle to find the help they need.  The line is staffed with trained professionals and peer counselors 24/7, providing counseling and referral sources to Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis.  

For more information , see the Colorado Department of Human Services Mental Health Crisis Hotline web page.  

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