Something kids should never have to live with or deal with is abuse and Colorado has stepped up to help the kids even more now. A hotline has been established for the state.

As The Denver Channel reported, a hotline covers the entire state and is intended to help kids that are dealing with abuse of all forms.

The hotline number is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.

The hotline was created for tips about a child's safety and well-being. However, if you see a child in a life-threatening situation, officials said you should call 911 immediately.

If you have concerns about a child, some of the warning signs to watch for might include:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Changes in behavior
  • Fear of going home
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviors...

Overall, child advocates say trust your instincts and that suspected abuse is reason enough to contact authorities.

Help the kids!