Child Welfare

In 1866, Henry Bergh of New York City established the first humane organization in the United States – the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, known commonly today as, the ASPCA. Shortly thereafter, Bergh assisted in saving Emily Thompson, an 8 year old girl, reported to Bergh as being victim of severe daily beatings. Bergh was successful in removing Emily from the abusive home and helping Emily’s grandmother obtain custody. Shortly thereafter, Bergh co-founded the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Child Welfare issues involve the physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect of children, also referred to as dependency and neglect cases in Colorado. A 2005 report from the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies (CAFCA) found that approximately twenty children in Colorado die from suspected abuse or neglect every year and children under the age of four account for 75% of those deaths.

In addition to contracting with the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative as Guardian ad litem, we are available as private counsel to assist with other legal issues that relate to children. While those issues may not strictly adhere to the definition of child welfare, we have listed them under that heading for the sake of simplicity.

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