DENVER (January 30, 2017) - The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has recognized the Weld County Department of Human Services for their performance in completing child welfare assessments.
Weld County has completed its child welfare assessments within 60 days 90 percent of the time since August 2013 and is one of the top-performing counties in Colorado on this measure. When a county receives a report that meets the criteria of child abuse or neglect, it completes a child welfare assessment to evaluate whether evidence of abuse or neglect exists. Completing assessments within 60 days ensures that child welfare caseworkers don’t unnecessarily linger in a family’s life, and keeps the child welfare data system up to date.
“A C-Stat award recognizes the best of the best in Colorado when it comes to timeliness of assessment closure,” said Reggie Bicha, executive director of CDHS. “Everyone plays a role in keeping Colorado’s children safe. Thanks to the county’s efforts to improve timeliness of the assessment process, they can now act more quickly when children need help.”
Weld County is one of six counties statewide that are being recognized for superior performance in closing child welfare assessments. Statewide, county performance on this measure has improved by about 40 percent since January 2011.