Sabrina Burbidge, Deputy Ombudsman

Sabrina Burbidge, Deputy Ombudsman, joined the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman in January 2012. She has been involved in public and private child welfare since 1994. Sabrina held positions as ongoing child welfare case manager, adoptions case manager, and intake case manager at Jefferson County Division of Children, Youth and Families over an eight-year period. She also served as a child protection intake supervisor, supervising a split team of day and night child protection intake staff. In 2009, Sabrina was the recipient of the Excellence in Practice Award through CDHS for her work on the development and implementation of the Family Integrated Treatment Court in Jefferson County.

For a little over three years, Sabrina worked for the Butler Institute for Families as a child welfare trainer, where she assisted with the creation and implementation of the state Child Welfare New Caseworker Training Academy, as well as advanced supervisor trainings. She also traveled the state training foster parents on issues around helping traumatized children heal in placement. Sabrina served on the planning committee for the West Coast Child Welfare Trainer’s Conference in 2011. Sabrina has participated as a member of the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team and is a current member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Child Death Review Team. Sabrina offered testimony on several legislative matters during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Colorado Legislative Sessions and has presented to the Children’s Legislative Caucus on substance abuse issues, as well as the functions of a Child Protection Ombudsman. Sabrina has presented nationally on child welfare related issues, and in September 2013, presented internationally at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) European Regional Conference in Dublin, Ireland on the importance of collaboration within child welfare. Sabrina has expertise in the areas of safety and risk assessment, domestic violence, forensic interviewing of latency age children, and substance abuse.