Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Program- Now a Reality
Monday, November 21, 2011
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
The Office of Colorado's Child Protection Ombudsman opened on May 16, 2011 and is managed and hosted by the National Association of Counsel for Children on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The Office of Colorado's Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) was established in 2010 by a unanimous vote of both the Colorado House and Senate, through the passage of Senate Bill 10-171. The bill was brought to the Governor and Legislature by the Child Welfare Action Committee. The creation of an Ombudsman's Office was one of a number of recommendations made by the Committee to improve Colorado's child protection system.
Since May the Program has received 50 calls and has learned about several systems issues as well. We anticipate a busy year since we have done little outreach.
The Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman has the power and duty to facilitate a process of independent, impartial review of family and community concerns; request independent, accurate information and to conduct case reviews to help resolve child protection issues and overall systemic issues. The Office will report annually to the Governor, Legislature, and Executive Director of Colorado Department of Human Services regarding systemic issues, data trends, and recommendations for improvements. The Ombudsman's Office also serves as a resource and "systems navigator” to stakeholders and the general public by assisting with individual cases while also providing ongoing public education and resources to promote the best interest of children and families.
To reach the Ombudsman Office:
Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman
A program of the National Association of Counsel for Children
13123 E. 16th Ave, Suite B390
Aurora, CO 80045
Main Phone: (303) 864-5111
Toll Free: 1-855-5-SAFEKIDS
Becky Miller Updike, Ombudsman
Stacee Read, Associate Ombudsman
Maureen Farrell-Stevenson, Manger of the Program
If you have any questions or want more information, please feel free to contact Maureen Farrell-Stevensonat 303-864-5322.