Colorado's Child Caucus begins with a focus on child welfare hot topics

February 22, 2019

The first in a series of presentations to the Colorado Children’s Caucus began this Thursday. Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, the Colorado Children’s Caucus began in 2012 to provide a forum for all members of the Colorado General Assembly to discuss the challenges facing Colorado youth and to work together to develop policy recommendations to strengthen families and improve the lives of children. The Children’s Caucus intends to make children a nonpartisan priority by discussing issues impacting every child in the state of Colorado in the hopes of strengthening families and supporting healthy communities. 

Legislative caucus co-chairs for 2019 are SENATOR RHONDA FIELDS (D), SENATOR JIM SMALLWOOD (R), REPRESENTATIVE JONATHAN SINGER (D), AND REPRESENTATIVE LOIS LANDGRAF (R). 
Minna Castillo Cohen, director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Children, Youth & Families, was joined by several subject matter experts to talk about hot topics in child welfare including the implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act in Colorado, human trafficking and the separation of children from their families at the border.

Additional panelists included to Ruby Richards, child welfare and adult protective services administrator with the Douglas County Department of Human Services, Laura Solomon, CDHS Intake Child Protection Administrator,  Sara Nadelman CDHS Human Trafficking Specialist and Cayenna Johnson, CDHS  Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program Coordinator. 

Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation presented to legislators. 

Tune below to see if your elected officials show up for Colorado’s kids and families and join us Thursday, March 14 12-1 pm in House Committee Room 0107 or on CO4Kids Facebook Live for the next caucus meeting to hear from Jenny Bender, Executive Director of Colorado CASA presenting on the work of CASA and 2019 Priorities 2) Becky Miller Updike, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center presenting about Baby Court Pilot program in Pueblo.

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