Child Abuse & Neglect

The first step in helping to end child abuse and neglect in Colorado is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not mean that child maltreatment is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination. Trust your gut instinct and call if you are concerned for the safety and well-being of a child. If not you, then who?

The presence of a single sign does not mean that child maltreatment is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination. Trust your gut instinct and call 844-CO-4-Kids if you are concerned for the safety and well-being of a child.

Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

Remember. . .

  • Suspicion of abuse is all that is necessary to report.
  • Reports are confidential.
  • Know where the child lives, or where they go to school.
  • You will be asked to describe your concerns about the child and it will be helpful if you can provide the child's name, age, address, gender, school attended (if possible), and names of parents.

We are here to help you

CO4Kids is a statewide resource that is here to help you:

  • Better understand the legal definition of child abuse and neglect in Colorado,
  • Recognize the signs and behaviors associated with the various types of child abuse and neglect,
  • Know what happens after you call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline,
  • Learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect, and
  • Get involved and connect with local organizations making a difference in Colorado communities.
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.