Thursday, September 7, 2023

NCCPR releases report on Colorado “child welfare”

Read the report here.

          Colorado takes children from their parents at a rate 30% above the national average – and some counties have rates of child removal that are even worse, according to a report released today by a national child advocacy organization.

Colorado also uses what experts consider the worst form of substitute care – group homes and institutions – at a rate 33% above the national average, while using the least harmful form of foster care, kinship foster care, at a rate 30% below the national average, according to the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.

NCCPR found that Colorado counties take away Hispanic children at a rate 20% above their rate in the state child population.  They take Native American children at a rate 50% above their rate in the general population (a figure that can vary from year to year due to the relatively low number of Native American children in Colorado.) And they take away Black children at a rate nearly triple their rate in the state child population.

In addition to the report, NCCPR released a Colorado Rate-of-Removal Index comparing the propensity of Colorado’s largest counties to take away children.

“The name Colorado uses for its child welfare database is sadly appropriate for the system itself,” said NCCPR Executive Director Richard Wexler.  “When it comes to child welfare, Colorado trails.”

Wexler was joined by Maleeka Jihad, founder of Colorado’s leading family advocacy organization, the MJCF Coalition.

Read the full report, executive summary, press release, Ms. Jihad’s statement, and the Rate-of-Removal Index here.