Listening Sessions: Safe Haven rules

July 9, 2021

The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare is updating Volume 7 to include rules to address assessments of referrals when an infant is voluntarily surrendered to staff at a hospital, community clinic emergency center, or fire station within 72 hours of birth and the caregiver does not express an intent to return for the infant in accordance with C.R.S.19-3-304.5. The purpose of this addition and revision of rule is to provide consistency in assessments of voluntarily surrendered infants.

The revisions also contain changes to who may be designated at a county department to conduct an egregious, near-fatal, or fatal assessment. This revision follows a recommendation from the Child Fatality Review Team to review the requirements. The revision allows for county discretion in determining what constitutes a conflict of interest for a caseworker who has had prior involvement with a family.

Public comment session dates:

July 19, 2021, 12-1 p.m.
Join by phone: (320) 321-5983‬ PIN: ‪268 093 715‬#
Join by video: meet.google.com/jmc-iqmh-ggm

July 20, 2021, 5-6 p.m.
Join by video: meet.google.com/kdf-gjya-anb
Join by phone: (316) 742-0641‬ PIN: ‪442 679 630‬#

Download a copy of the proposed rule changes

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