Colorado announces sweeping reforms to child welfare system

Jordan Steffen, Christopher N. Osher and Jennifer Brown Updated: February 7, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: February 7, 2013

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday revealed sweeping reforms to the state's child welfare system, including a multipart plan that will create a statewide hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect, new training on how to assess those reports, and a study of workloads and caseloads of child protection workers.

The plan also will steer resources to troubled families before actual abuse and neglect occur by delivering services through nurses, parenting classes and additional resources.

"We want to make sure that we keep kids healthy and safe and that we stabilize families because we know that stable families are the best launching pads there are for kids to have successful lives," Hickenlooper said at a news conference inside the state Capitol.

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