Yesterday, Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton introduced Senate Bill 171, which would create an ombudsman office providing impartial oversight of the child-protection system and work to solve complaints concerning child-protection services. Gov. Bill Ritter and the senator announced the legislation, which is one of the 29 recommendations made by the Child Welfare Action Committee.
For more information on the bill, read the press coverage:
- Denver Post: “Gov. Ritter urges creation of ombudsman office to help combat child deaths” http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14475026
- Fort Collins Coloradoan: “Human Services overseer proposed – Bill follows death of Loveland infant, other children in state” http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20100226/NEWS01/2260320/1002/CUSTOMERSERVICE02/Human-Services-overseer-proposed
- Colorado Springs Gazette: “Ritter, lawmakers want more child welfare oversight” http://www.gazette.com/articles/want-94783-child-welfare.html
- KMGH Channel 7: “State Ombudsman Bill Introduced” http://www.thedenverchannel.com/call7investigators/22674465/detail.html
- KDVR Fox 31: “State Senator: ‘How many kids have to die?'” http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-xgr-child-protections-022510,0,4435829.story