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. 

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.

This website is intended 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. 

Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. If it is not an emergency, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) to report all concerns for a child's safety and well-being.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)
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.