Understanding Child Neglect

For children suffering from abuse or neglect, summertime isn’t comprised of long, carefree summer days. In fact, this is the time when adults outside the home, like teachers and other caregivers, might not see the immediate impacts of the type of care – or lack of care – they may be receiving. As a result, incidences can go largely unreported.

This is also when soaring temperatures can lead to deadly consequences for physically neglected children. According to KidsandCars.org, a record-setting 52 children died in 2018 after being left in hot cars and 19 deaths have occurred so far in 2019. In addition to physical neglect, other types of neglect children may be suffering from include:

  • Emotional neglect: Impairing or negatively impacting a child’s emotional development and self-worth.
  • Medical neglect: Withholding or delaying the proper medical attention or care for a child.
  • Lack of supervision: Failing to provide the proper supervision based on age, situation, and development.
  • Educational neglect: Failing to provide a child with access to appropriate education.

In an effort to lower the cases of child neglect in Colorado, Kempe teamed with the Colorado Department of Human Services to implement SafeCare® Colorado. In a series of 18-20 in-home sessions spanning 4-6 months, parents of at-risk families can learn how to provide a safe, healthy home and interact positively with their children 0-5 years of age.

From July 2017 – June 2018 alone, SafeCare® Colorado received 4,456 referrals and had 1,805 participating families in 30 counties and 2 tribal nations.

Brian, a single dad, learned how to create a safe environment for his son Charlie and become a SafeCare® Colorado success story, thanks to parent support provider Matt. “I didn’t know what questions to ask,” he said. “I just wanted Charlie to be safe and to feel loved. Matt was really good about being patient with me. He made this wall that I keep running into feel more like a fence.”

If left untreated, the impacts of child neglect can extend far into adulthood, leading to medical issues, or a broad range of psychological issues – including depression, PTSD, social disabilities, and more. By providing positive, solution-based programming to parents of young children, we can empower families and prevent these effects from reaching the next generation.

Our Impact in FY 2018

For nearly 60 years, the Kempe Foundation has worked to improve the care and well-being of all children by strengthening families, communities and the systems that serve them.

In FY18, Kempe’s programs directly helped many children and families in Colorado and across the U.S. We also provided coaching and consultation for professionals who work with families and children but may not otherwise have access to expertise from professionals like those at Kempe who have dedicated their lives to this work.

The total impact of Kempe’s work can be seen in the way we advocate for children at the capitol and collaborate with our local communities. With the generous support of donors, we hope to continue having a profound impact on thousands of children and families.  

We invite you to learn more about our impact in our FY 2018 Annual Report. 

Thank you for your commitment to keeping children safe and healthy for many generations to come.

Sincerely,

John Faught
President & CEO
The Kempe Foundation

Dr. Kathryn Wells Joins Newly Created Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force

We are pleased to announce The Kempe Center’s executive director, Dr. Kathryn Wells, has been selected to join the Children’s Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the newly created Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force.

The Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force, led by the Colorado Department of Human Services, will work to create a statewide plan of action for Colorado’s behavioral health system in order to provide each and every Coloradan with behavioral health needs high-quality care in a timely manner.

Dr. Wells will be working alongside 25 other members of the Children’s Behavioral Health subcommittee to establish a plan for Colorado in its administration of care and management of children’s behavioral health. Through this, the subcommittee will be improving the future outcomes for children requiring advocacy and behavioral health care.

A big congratulations to Dr. Wells! We are fortunate to have representation from The Kempe Center setting the roadmap to improve Colorado’s current behavioral health system.

To learn more about the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force and its subcommittees, click here.

 

Save the Date for our Kempe Ambassador Summer Reception

On Thursday, August 1, we invite our Kempe Ambassadors to join us for a summer reception at the LIV Sotheby’s office (100 St. Paul St. #200, Denver) from 5:30-7:30pm.

We will be sharing updates on Kempe programs and happenings, while enjoying food, drinks and networking on LIV Sotheby’s beautiful outdoor patio. We will also introduce the brand new Kempe Ambassador Toolkit to assist you with community outreach on behalf of Kempe!

Please RSVP to jendrusch.denise@kempe.org by Wednesday, July 24.

 

The Colorado Sun: Colorado is creating a network of doctors to diagnose child abuse and keep kids from slipping through the safety net

Jennifer Brown from The Colorado Sun reports on the need for the CARE Network, a new program created via legislation this year. The CARE Network will allow the state to build a network of doctors to diagnose child abuse and keep kids from slipping through the safety net. Currently Colorado has just six doctors board certified in child abuse pediatrics all located on the Front Range.

Read about the Kempe Foundation’s work to advocate for this new program and how it will impact Colorado’s children online.