Mandated Referral FAQs
Q: How do I report my concerns?
A: If it is an emergency, call 911. They can ensure the immediate safety of a child and get medical
attention if needed. If it is not an emergency, call 970-498-6990, 24/7/365 or call 844-CO-4-Kids to
report abuse /neglect of a child who resides outside of Larimer County.
Q: Am I liable if my concerns are not confirmed?
A: If a person makes a report in good faith then that person is immune from civil or criminal
Source: Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 19, children’s code, Sections 19-3-304 and 19-3-309
Q: What can happen if I don’t report my concerns?
A: There are legal consequences for not reporting. You could be charged with a class 3
misdemeanor, receive a fine of $750 and/or imprisonment up to six months, and be liable for what
the law terms “damages approximately caused” if you fail to report a suspicion of child abuse or
Q: Can I remain anonymous?
A: Yes. Child protective services and its employees are required by law not to disclose the name of
the mandatory reporter to the family. However, this confidentiality does not apply to reports
made to law enforcement.
Q: When and how will I be notified of our disposition related to the referral?
A: Not all mandated reporting parties will be notified. Only those who have an ongoing
relationship with the child. If you have an ongoing relationship with the child, you will be notified
within 30 calendar days of receiving the referral. A mandated reporting party notification letter
will be sent to you.
Q: If I made a report to Child Protection Services and I still have concerns for the child and don't
understand the agency decision about the referral I made, who can I talk to?
A: Once you receive a letter of notification regarding the agency decision and you have questions
or concerns, you can contact our office and ask to speak with the supervisor reflected in the
Q: If I made a report to Child Protection Services and the referral was assigned for assessment,
and I have new information, questions regarding an immediate concern and can't reach the
assigned caseworker, what should I do?
A: You can contact our office and ask to speak with the supervisor of the assigned caseworker. If
that supervisor is not available, you can request to speak with a duty supervisor. Our department
has a supervisor accessible to answer questions of the public regarding assigned assessments 24
hours per day.