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How does Colorado DHS protect these pictures of children?

DHS has no specific rules about how children are photographed, or chain of custody for the pictures. It has admitted, “The Department has not developed specific oversight procedures regarding obtaining photographic evidence of abuse.” While DHS files are confidential, we believe that there are no safeguards on the cameras or pictures that the social workers take before they get into DHS files. There is great risk that these pictures will make their way into the stream of child pornography on the Internet. DHS has stated that if this happened, it would be a misdemeanor, with a fine of $300-500. (It would also be a federal felony in dealing in child pornography, which DHS seems to be unaware of.)

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