Custer County Department of Human Services

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Child Welfare

Child Welfare Services constitutes a specialized set of services that are intended to strengthen the ability of a family to protect and care for their own children, minimize harm to children and youth, and to ensure timely permanency planning. Services are aimed at stabilizing the family's capacity to care for their children. When safety is not possible within the family, services are focused on the child's need for a stable, permanent home as quickly as possible.

Suspecting Child Abuse or Neglect

Everyone plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect please call the Custer County Department of Social Services: 719-783-2371
The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-CO-4-KIDS

If it is an emergency or you are witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately.

All Colorado residents are encouraged to report suspected child abuse or neglect. When making a report to Child Protective Services (CPS), it is helpful to provide as much detailed information as possible about the children, parents, and situation. Whenever possible, provide the following information:
  • Names and dates of birth of the child(ren) in the household
  • Home Address
  • School the child(ren) attends
  • Name and contact information for the parents and/or caregivers
  • Place of employment (if applicable) for the parents/caregivers
  • Current location, if different from the home address
  • Reason for suspected abuse or neglect
  • Names and contact information for other family members, friends, etc. (if known)
   Contact Us

Stacey Schoch
Child Welfare and Adult Protection Services Supervisor
(719) 783-2371

Fawnda Newton
Child Welfare and Adult Protective Services Caseworker
(719) 783-2371

205 S. 6th Street
P.O. Box 929
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Phone: 719-783-2371
Fax: 719-783-0163

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

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