DENVER – A massive study of Colorado's county child welfare workers suggests the state could use at least 696 new employees to handle current caseloads.

The report, conducted by an outside agency, concludes "the estimated time required to complete mandated child welfare activities and meet program objectives exceeds the amount of time available from the current number of Colorado child welfare caseworkers."

The legislature asked for the review with the help of the state auditor after a series of "Failed to Death" reports by 9Wants to Know and the Denver Post revealed substantial problems with child abuse and child death cases handled by various county human services departments.

"The study reaffirmed what the state and counties have surmised for quite awhile – more case workers and supervisors throughout the state would strengthen our child protection system," said Julie Krow, the Director of the Colorado Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Specifically, the report suggested the state could use at least an additional 574 full-time caseworkers and 122 supervisory positions.

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