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The Colorado Department of Human Services is considering a requirement that social workers examine prior contacts with a child to determine if further investigation is necessary

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DENVER — The Colorado Department of Human Services is considering a requirement that social workers examine prior contacts with a child to determine if further investigation is necessary after the deaths of 43 children in Colorado's welfare program.

The change determines when caseworkers must investigate reports of abuse and neglect. The previous rules required that county social workers automatically open an investigation if they receive three reports of child abuse or neglect within two years, and the first two referrals were not investigated.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/6un5tzj), opponents said the proposal is based on opinions instead of solid information.

The proposal comes less than a month after the department opened its second child fatality review this year, involving an Adams County boy who may have been killed by his grandmother.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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