PUEBLO, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Human Services has suspended the license of a child care facility in Pueblo as they investigate several alleged violations, including child abuse.
According to court documents leading up to the suspension, the permanent child care license issued to El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, also known as El Pueblo- An Adolescent Treatment Community, authorizes the care of 166 children ages 5 to 18. Additionally, El Pueblo was also authorized to accept individuals ages 18 to 21 if placed by court order prior to their 18th birthday.
Between a roughly two-month period from July 20 when the first incident was recorded to September 21, there were 7 documented incidents involving El Pueblo and children in the facility’s care.>> Click here to read the entire Order of Summary Suspension.
The nonprofit organization’s license has been suspended pending proceedings to determined whether it should be further suspended or revoked.
The Colorado Department of Human Services released the following statement:
“CDHS is working with the agencies who have placed children at El Pueblo, as they are moved to other placements as quickly as possible. All children and youth will be moved before CDHS staff leave the facility. While the specific locations are confidential, all children and youth will be moved to licensed facilities (other residential child care facilities, group homes or group centers), certified providers (foster care homes), or with their parent/guardian, if appropriate.”
El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch has released the following statement in response:
“After fifty seven years of continuous service to the community by providing a home for our most troubled kids, El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch has been informed by State Officials that an order of suspension of its license is being implemented. The Board of Directors and the management of El Pueblo look forward to cooperating with the State Officials to resolve any concerns and to resuming our service to the community and to children in need.”
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