Adult Protection

Image Brochure for Adult Protective Services(PDF, 2MB)
  • Adult Protective Services (APS) provides protection for at-risk adults by investigating allegations of abuse, exploitation, caretaker neglect and self neglect. 
  • When appropriate, APS can assist the at-risk adult to arrange for services. An at-risk adult is anyone age 18 or older who is unable to meet their own basic needs or arrange services to meet their basic needs without assistance due to a physical or mental condition.


A community of safe and stable families and individuals where the basic needs of all are met with respect and dignity.


The purpose of Weld County Adult Protective Services is to support and protect at-risk adults from self-neglect or mistreatment by investigating allegations, advocating for clients and when needed, arranging for services to stop or prevent harm by using the least restrictive intervention and respecting self-determination.

Report Abuse:

The Screening Department is responsible for taking reports of alleged at-risk adult abuse and neglect, as well as allegations of child abuse and neglect. 

All reports made to the Department are confidential including the name of the party who reports the alleged abuse or neglect. Colorado Law protects people from liability if they make a report in good faith.


Weld County Adult Protection Hotline
970 – 400 – 6700

Online Training for Mandatory Reporters.

An online training for mandatory reporters, complete with a quiz, is now available at Colorado Adult Protection Mandated Reporter Online Training.

Mandated Reporting of Elder Abuse

Each year millions of at-risk adults are abused, neglected, and exploited. Colorado wants to ensure that law enforcement is made aware of these crimes against persons age 70 and older and those 18 and older with an intellectual developmental disability. 

Mandatory Reporting requires many professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation to law enforcement when they observe or become aware of the mistreatment. The new law also has legal penalties for mandatory reporters if they fail to report mistreatment.

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services (Colorado APS) unit has made available an on-line training program for mandatory reporters and other members of the community. This training will take approximately 30 - 40 minutes to complete and persons completing the course will be able to print out their results if they would like to have a record that they completed the course.

Visit the State of Colorado's Adult Protective Services page.

Online Training for Mandatory Reporters

An online training for mandatory reporters, complete with a quiz, is now available at

This training was provided by Colorado Adult Protective Services, use the email below for any questions or concerns.