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Human Services

Child and adult protective services

What Happens When You Call DHS & When Should You Call Video

El Paso County Department of Human Services works with doctors, hospitals, law enforcement officials, schools, and others to identify maltreatment, abuse and/or neglect. All referrals are confidential and Colorado Law protects people from liability if they make a report in good faith. Reports may be made anonymously as well.


CHILD PROTECTIVE INTAKE SERVICES assesses and checks into all child abuse and/or neglect allegations. Specific protocols are followed for each report. Services are directed toward alleviating danger in order to protect children, and if possible, keep the family intact. A 24-hour child abuse hotline is available for reporting child abuse and/or neglect situations.  Annually an average of more than 11,000 reports are made to the agency.   

CHILD PROTECTIVE ONGOING SERVICES provides home-based services to families who have allegations of physical abuse, neglect or are at high risk for these factors. These families are assessed, then referred by Child Welfare Intake if they need continued services to protect children and rehabilitate families. Services include: individual, group, or family therapy; parenting classes; domestic violence treatment; drug/alcohol treatment; crisis intervention; and life skills training. When children cannot be maintained or reunited with their parents within a reasonable time, efforts are dedicated to provide alternative living arrangements that are most beneficial to the child which preserve emotional kinship, identity, and continuity. Approximately 900 families receive services from Ongoing Protective each year.
ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES focuses on at-risk adults who are elderly or disabled and in danger of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Professional staff assesses the need for protection and directly intervene if necessary. Assistance is available in obtaining medical care, community resources, mental health referrals or living arrangements. If you suspect an adult is being abused, exploited or neglected, and you are a mandated reporter call Law Enforcement. Non-mandated reports, information and resource inquires can be made to Adult Protective Services. Approximately 947 reports of abuse and neglect are made annually. 


Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in social work?

"It's not for everyone. It's for people who believe they can make a difference.” County human services departments throughout Colorado work around the clock to partner with their community to protect children and strengthen families. The overall goal is a healthy, happy family and child.

The Colorado Office or Children Youth and Families, Division of Child Welfare (DCW), commissioned a realistic job preview video to better prepare child welfare caseworkers for the responsibilities and pressures of the job.

The video can be viewed online on Facebook here. A two-minute version is also available, here.


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How Colorado New Parents Can Get Their Free Baby Box

It takes only three simple steps for expecting and new parents in Colorado to get their free Baby Box:

Register for free online at as a Colorado resident. Be sure to include your correct contact information, including mailing address.

Watch the 10-15 minute Colorado syllabus at After taking a short quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion and then select local pick-up or direct delivery of your Baby Box.

If you select direct delivery, your Baby Box will ship to the address you provided when you registered on Baby Box University. If you select local pick up for more immediate receipt, bring your Baby Box University certificate to the closest participating distribution site to collect your Baby Box. A list of locations is online here.

The brands included in the Baby Boxes are also committed to the program’s education mission, with every product featuring a scientifically proven baby brain-boosting activity parents can do while using the item. All expecting parents living in Colorado are eligible to receive a Baby Box which includes newborn essentials such as Pampers Swaddlers diapers, Pampers baby wipes, Vroom activity cards from the Bezos Family Foundation, Lansinoh nursing pads and nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers, onesie, waterproof tote bag and more.