New Colorado laws impacting children, youth and families

August 23, 2020

The 2020 legislative session was paused and then shortened as the State of Colorado worked to slow the spread of COVID-19. At the completion of the session, Governor Polis signed the following bills into laws, which the CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) will work to implement. Visit the Colorado General Assembly website to read a bill in its entirety.

In partnership with stakeholders, and in accordance with laws requiring government transparency, proposed rule revisions will be open for public comment. Additionally, OCYF uses the Department’s memo series to officially announce new rules and to provide more direction regarding the legislative change. Subscribe to the OCYF memo series or update your email preferences to receive a copy of every memo issued by the Office.

Court Procedures Relinquishment Parental Rights - HB 20-1104

The previous law allowed for the reinstatement of parental rights that were terminated if certain conditions are met and the child had not been adopted. The bill expands that to allow for reinstatement of parental rights in cases where a parent voluntarily relinquished parental rights and the same conditions are met. The bill clarifies the court procedures to be followed if a respondent parent with a pending dependency and neglect case seeks to voluntarily relinquish parental rights.  This law does not require a rule change.

Domestic Violence Tax Check Off - SB 20-208

Maintains current status for Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund tax checkoff contributions and no action is needed.

Family First Bill - SB 20-162

New rules will be written and announced in a memo. For the latest about Family First Implementation in Colorado, subscribe to the Family First Digest.

Homeless Youth Consent to Shelter or Shelter Services - SB 20-106

SubPAC recently approved a time-limited task group to write new rules. More information is available online. 

Immunizations and Child Abuse - HB  20-1297 

This law does not require a policy or rule change. 

Privacy Protections For Human Services Workers - HB 20 -1052

This law will impact professionals in child welfare and youth services.

Substance Use Disorder Recovery - SB 20-028

OCYF will write new rules and issue more information in a memo.

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