OCR was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 2000 (H.B. 00-1371) to improve representation for Colorado’s most vulnerable children and youth by establishing minimum practice standards and providing litigation support, accessible high-quality statewide training, and oversight of the practice.
The purpose of the statute authorizing OCR—Colorado Revised Statute C.R.S. § 13-91-101 et seq.—is to enhance the legal representation of children and youth, establish fair and realistic rates of compensation for attorney services, set minimum practice and training standards, and work collaboratively with the state CASA. In 2010, the General Assembly made OCR a permanent state agency.