Boulder County Gets Financial Boost to Combat Child Abuse and Neglect

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

County expanding collaboration with community partners to help at-risk families

Boulder County, Colo. – With a $75,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Boulder County will soon be expanding its collaboration with two community partner organizations to help strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe. The funding, from the CDHS Office of Early Childhood’s Colorado Community Response (CCR) program, will be used to get crucial supports to families that have been “screened out” of the child welfare system.

About 55 percent of abuse and neglect reports in Colorado are screened out because the children are found to not be in danger, and as a result few of these families receive additional supports. As part of the CCR program, the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) will collaborate with Sister Carmen Community Center and the Longmont Children and Youth Resources Division to help ensure these families have improved access to important services.

“When families are reported to us, there’s a good chance they need our help even when the children aren’t in immediate danger,” said Kit Thompson, BCDHHS Family and Children Services Director. “We’re working to increase our investments in these families so we can catch them before they fall into deeper crisis. The earlier we can reach out to them, the better their chances of success.” 

Among other things, the flexible CCR funding will be used to boost case management services and home visits, promote good financial decision-making, and expand opportunities for collaborative goal-setting and family engagement. It will also support food, financial, and health care assistance for screened-out families. 

“This additional investment in our families is exciting and needed,” said Sister Carmen Community Center CEO Suzanne Crawford. “For some families, early intervention can be the difference between thriving and suffering. We know that if we can reduce their stressors, we can reduce the chance of child abuse and neglect.”   

Colorado Community Response is part of Governor John Hickenlooper’s “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0” child welfare plan. A total of fourteen counties will be involved in the program along with their community partners in 2014. 

“We’re glad to have this very important partnership for families in Boulder County,” said Longmont Children and Youth Resources Division Manager Christina Pacheco. “We’re all stronger working together, and together we can all make a stronger community.”


Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist

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