One of the most significant ways the Children's Law Center serves as a voice for children is to advocate on their behalf at the state capitol. Every legislative session, we play an active, nonpartisan role to ensure that children are a priority in policy decisions. We provide information to policy makers and state leaders, organize training and education sessions and work closely with other organizations that represent children at the capitol.
The Children's Law Center has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for children including the creation of the first ever Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Office. In addition, we have consistently been a part of community policy-making efforts by serving on a number of statewide committees including the Colorado Foster Care and Permanence Task Force, the Colorado Child Welfare Action Committee and the Child Abuse State Hotline Committee.
The Children's Law Center has been proud to host the Colorado Children's Caucus since 2014. The Colorado Children's Caucus began in 2012 to provide a forum for all members of the Colorado General Assembly to discuss the challenges facing Colorado youth and to work together to develop policy recommendations to strengthen families and improve the lives of children. The Children's Caucus intends to make children a nonpartisan priority by discussing issues impacting every child in the state of Colorado in the hopes of strengthening families and supporting healthy communities. Learn more about the Colorado Children's Caucus.
In 2013 the Children's Law Center worked to pass Colorado Senate Bill 255 “Child Fatality Review Teams” to ensure every child abuse fatality is reviewed and that recommendations are made to help prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.
Learn more about what bills the Children's Law Center is following this Legislative Session on our Colorado Capitol Watch bill tracker.