Colorado child abuse hotline marks 5-year anniversary

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DENVER (KKTV) - A hotline put in place in Colorado back in 2015 has received more than a million calls in an attempt to put a stop to child abuse.

1-844-CO-4-Kids (1-844-264-5437) was put in place for people statewide to report their concerns about possible child abuse and neglect. According to a release posted on PR Newswire, 1,068,107 calls have been made to the system since it was introduced.

Officials across the state have assessed the safety and well-being of 274,193 children, according to the release.

The hotline is 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.

"More than 1 million calls means that more and more people in Colorado recognize their role in strengthening families," said Minna Castillo Cohen, director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families at the Colorado Department of Human Services. "Even if no child abuse or neglect has occurred, counties and Tribal nations are often able to provide additional services that can help the family. That's why it's important to call."

About the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline System
The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 1-844-CO-4-Kids, became operational on January 1, 2015. The hotline is designed to provide one, easy-to-remember toll-free phone number for individuals to use statewide to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

The hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to the counties, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All hotline calls will be routed to the county where a child resides.

Click here for more from the state on the hotline.