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County Commissioners unite against child abuse and neglect

Posted on March 24, 2021 2021Health and Human Services

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Recognizing that the prevention of child abuse and neglect is helped by greater public awareness and supportive, involved communities, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners adopted a resolution at their March 23 Business Meeting recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Board’s resolution encourages those who suspect child abuse and neglect to report their concerns immediately by calling the Douglas County child abuse and neglect hotline at 303-663-6270. Calls to the alternative statewide hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) will be routed to Douglas County child protection professionals. Both phone numbers will reach someone who can help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“In 2020 many families in our County needed extra support as they faced change, stress and uncertainty,” said Commissioner and Board Chair, Lora Thomas. “We thank the individuals who made more than 3,700 calls to our Douglas County child abuse and neglect hotline last year and helped our children and families receive much-needed resources.”

“Each April, as the Commissioners recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, we highlight the importance of partnering to prevent child abuse and neglect, while recognizing that the social and emotional well-being of children and families is critical to our community every day of the year,” said County Commissioner and Vice Chair, Abe Laydon.

“Our primary message to the Douglas County community is – if you see something, and you’re worried, make the call,” said Commissioner George Teal. “We believe everyone plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.”

Please review frequently asked questions to be aware of the information needed by child protection professionals when a suspected child abuse and neglect report is submitted.

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