Trails Listing at DHS

Trails Listing of Your Name for Child Abuse and Neglect - DHS Attorney for Arapahoe County and Denver

Whenever the Department of Human Services (Social Services) thinks that you have committed an act of Child Abuse or Child Neglect, they will make a determination that you have a "Founded" allegation, entitling them to list your name in their Trails database. With a listing on the Trails database, you can quickly be disqualified from most any organization which works with children.

Who Uses the Trails Database System in Jefferson County and Why?

Trails is the go-to place to check and see if an applicant to work in the child care industry across Colorado has a record or not. This includes day care agencies, child service organizations like the boy scouts and girl scouts, church child care programs (Sunday School), school parent volunteers and civic organizations like the Boys' Club.

How Names are Submitted to Trails (a Child Abuse Registry) in Douglas County

Douglas County, Colorado, has their own DHS (Department of Human Services or Social Services) office. These county level organizations get calls from interested (and nosy) people who want to report possible child endangerment. This call triggers an investigation by DHS, and the allegations are either Founded or Unfounded, at the county level. All counties in Colorado have these DHS offices, and all operate similarly under the leadership of the state-wide administrative DHS.

Founded or Unfounded Child Abuse Allegations in Adams County

Like with the Adams County Department of Social Services (or Human Services), caseworkers will investigate the allegations. Normally, this just means they will interview the adults and children involved, and if the child says something happened, then it is seen as true. Really. We regularly see cases where adults and their adult witnesses say something could not possibly have happened, but if a child says it did, "The Department" will conclude it did and make a finding that the allegations are Founded. People who don't want you to be involved in a child's life (such as their parents who lost custody due to neglect, violence or drug use), will coach the kids on what to say to DHS. DHS workers are blind to this reality, which anyone else can see. All Founded reports are then sent to the state level DHS office for listing in the Trails database.

Appeal of a Trails Listing of Child Abuse or Neglect in Colorado

Fortunately, you have a chance to appeal this Founded report which lists your name on Trails. You may be able to keep your name from being listed. Under tight deadlines, you can make an appeal to have the record reviewed concerning the Trails listing, by someone at the DHS state Trails appeals office, and if that does not go your way, an administrative law judge. There are special procedures which a DHS Trails listing defense attorney can use to try and keep your name off the Trails listing. Remember though, you must quickly hire a lawyer after receiving a notice from the Department of Human Services, to avoid missing a deadline.

Call our Child Abuse and Trails attorneys at 303-731-0719. We have the experience to save mothers and fathers from a permanent Trails listing.  Together, we can protect your family's future.

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