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Reporting Child Abuse - Colorado


Under Colorado law, certain listed individuals (including doctors or other medical professionals, coroners, dentists, teachers and school administrators, social workers, counselors or other mental health professionals or candidates, veterinarians, law enforcement officers, firefighters, victims’ advocates, clergy, employees of the department of human services, child and family investigators, probation officers, animal protection officer, and other named individuals) are required to report any known or reasonably suspected abuse or neglect or conditions that might lead to abuse or neglect of a child to the county Department of Social Services or a local law enforcement agency.

Any other person, in addition to those specifically named in the statute, shall report any known or suspected abuse, neglect, or conditions that could lead to abuse or neglect, of a child to a local law enforcement agency or the county Department of Social Services immediately.

The Colorado Abuse Reporting Act is found in Title 19 (CHILDREN’S CODE), Article 3 (Dependency and Neglect), Section 19-3-304. There is no direct link to the specific section of the Colorado Code. To access the entire Child Abuse Reporting Act in the official Colorado Code online, follow:


Below is the link to the Colorado State Department of Social Services web site on reporting child abuse and the contact information for each county’s department of human services office:


If you want to report suspected abuse or neglect you should contact the county in which the activity is taking place. If you do not know what county, you may call the state Department of Human Services at 1-844-CO-4-Kids .