Human Services Legal Services

This section is responsible for providing legal services in all social services and welfare matters handled by the Denver Department of Human Services.  These services include:

  • civil prosecution of child neglect and abuse;
  • termination of parental rights and adoption;
  • establishing and collecting child support obligations;
  • establishing legal guardianship for incapacitated adults;
  • civil and criminal prosecution of welfare fraud; and
  • employment law advice to the Department.

The Director of this section is Barbara Shaklee.
John Beckman and Kathryn Smith are Asst. Directors.