Tools & Education

It is important to educate ourselves in order to best help others. The Division of Child Welfare partners with county human service departments and other organizations to provide training and education to help protect Colorado's children and improve the well-being of Colorado families. 

Training & Education

  • Medicaid eligibility — The Colorado Department of Human Services has released new guidance, clarification and resources to open, manage and close the Medicaid entitlement through Trails. Find out more information about Medicaid eligibility for each type of involvement with the child welfare system.
  • Child Welfare Training System — The Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System provides strength-based, family-centered, competency-based training programs for child welfare professionals and para-professionals by delivering specialized courses for caseworkers, supervisors, case services aides, foster parents, and other child and family serving personnel. 
  • Foster, Kin and Adoptive Family Training Website —  Through the Child Welfare Training System, this website offers training, classes and resources for kinship caregivers and foster and adoptive parents. Training is available to help these dedicated adults meet certification requirements, understand the child welfare system and to enhance their parenting skills. 
  • Community Performance Data Center — The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare staff, in partnership with the University of Kansas School of Social Work, created this educational website and the data center to share real-time data about the children, youth and families involved in Colorado’s child welfare system in an effort to engage communities in the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in their community and neighborhood. 
  • Online Training for Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect  —  This training is for individuals who are required by law in Colorado to report of child abuse and neglect. If you are an educator, first responder, healthcare provider, or mental health professional, please take the training identified specifically for your profession. All other mandatory reporters, please take the training for Colorado professionals. The training is designed to be flexible, so the amount of time it takes you to complete can vary.

Awareness Tools

This online toolkit provides informational materials about signs of child abuse and neglect and the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline — 844-CO-4-KIDS. These materials are important tools for getting information out to the public about reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in Colorado. We greatly appreciate the public's help in using these materials to promote the new hotline and the importance of reporting all concerns. 

General FAQs

You have questions? We have answers. Visit our FAQ page and get additional insights and information about child abuse and neglect, as well as information related to reporting child abuse and neglect.

If not you, then who?
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.