Chief Deputy County Attorney – Laura Rago

Office Overview

The County Attorney Office’s Human Services Division provides legal advice, opinions, and representation to the El Paso County Department of Human Services in dependency and neglect cases as well as processing public and attorney requests for access to said agency’s files. These services include temporary shelter hearings, adjudicatory trials, dispositional hearings, permanency planning and permanent custody hearings, parental rights termination trials, guardianships, emergency protective hearings and jury trials.  The Division also provides representation in adult protective matters, involuntary mental health commitment proceedings, and drug and alcohol commitment matters.  In addition, the Division provides on-going training in matters relating to courtroom procedure, presentation of evidence, substantive areas of the Children’s Code, and changes in pertinent state and federal law to personnel of the Department of Human Services. Note: The County Attorney’s Office – Human Services Division represents the Department of Human Services and does not offer legal advice to the public.

Please contact the following for questions regarding:

Child support: Child Support Services of Colorado at (719) 457-6331 or http://www.elpasocountycss.com/

Open Dependency and Neglect cases, mental health, or alcohol/drug commitment procedures: County Attorney’s Office – Human Services Division at (719) 520-7000.

Information and forms regarding Probate matters (Guardian/Conservator) can be found at https://www.courts.state.co.us/Forms/Forms_List.cfm?Form_Type_ID=222

Please contact the following Human Services Hotlines regarding:

Child Abuse/Neglect or out of control children:

(719) 444-5700 or email childabusereport@elpasoco.com

Adult Welfare – Abuse or Neglect:

(719) 444-5755 or email DHS-APS@elpasoco.com