Arapahoe County human services caseworkers continue to meet needs

Child, adult protection workers work o help amid stay-at-home order

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Arapahoe County child and adult protection workers have stepped up health protection protocols to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when delivering human services and protection services for at-risk adults in Arapahoe County.

Before workers will meet face-to-face, screeners and caseworkers are asking every client about recent travel, their general health and well-being, and whether they may have had any physical contact with someone with COVID-19.

The answers will help workers plan a proper response. If caseworkers are responding to a call of abuse and neglect and health concerns exist in the household, personal protective equipment is available as recommended by the Arapahoe County Office of Emergency Management.

It is a state and federal requirement that Arapahoe County Human Services primary operations continue, according to a news release. The welfare and safety of the public, especially children, families and at-risk adults, continues to be a priority in Arapahoe County, as essential governmental functions will remain open during the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the release said.

All Arapahoe County buildings will remain closed through at least April 17, but human services caseworkers are working remotely to continue to meet the needs of Arapahoe County residents. All essential meetings and team efforts are being conducted via video conferencing or phone. 

The county's crisis hotline remains open, and reports of potential abuse and neglect to children and at-risk adults will continue to be received with no disruption. Report potential child abuse or neglect by calling 303-636-1750 or 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437).

More than half of all child abuse and neglect phone calls received in Arapahoe County come from mandatory reporters, including teachers and school staff. While schools are closed, it is even more important that everyone report their concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or teen. 

For general questions to Arapahoe County Child and Adult Protection Services call 303-636-1589.

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