“Henry Kempe and Brandt Steele had the right vision when founding the CPT in 1958 and The Kempe Center in 1972. They may not have known it then, but they were to become true visionary heroes to us all,” – Dr. Andrew Sirotnak
In 1958, the first multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams (CPTs) were formed. This year marks 60 years of progress in the recognition and response to child maltreatment. As we look to April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and to celebrate this accomplishment, we also reflect on the history of child maltreatment, to anticipate the many more children we will care for, and to consider further prevention models for our communities.
The concept of hospital-based child protection “teams” started with C. Henry Kempe, M.D. of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver and two of his colleagues, Betty Elmer, M.S.W, of the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, and Helen Broadman, M.S.W., of the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. This shared effort to address the problem of child abuse laid the ground work for a tradition of support for children in need of protection.
Dr. Kempe established the first of these child protection teams in the country with his colleagues and today over 1,000 such teams now exist in the U.S. and abroad. Through this effort began Dr. Kempe’s quest to protect the abused and neglected child and his work as America’s pioneer in the field.
Learn more about the history of the Child Protection Team.
In April, Bellco Credit Union will collect donations from members for The Kempe Foundation. Your donations help provide critical funding and support for doctors, social workers, researchers, trainers, policy teams, and more.
Give In Person or By Phone
To make a donation in person, stop by any Bellco branch and speak with a Bellco representative.
To make a donation over the phone, contact Bellco’s Member Services at 303-689-7800. They can assist you by transferring funds from one of your Bellco accounts into the Kempe Foundation account.
Learn more here.
John Faught, Kempe’s President & CEO has been an advocate for abused and neglected children for more than 40 years. He is featured in the Denver Business Journal’s latest Thought Leaders feature (subscriber content).
Every April, Kempe raises awareness of child abuse prevention by partnering with organizations across Colorado to show kids we care.
Below is the schedule of events we have planned for 2018. Learn more on our Child Abuse Prevention Month event page.
April 2, 10 a.m.
Kempe and Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Prevention Month Celebration
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Boettcher Atrium
Staff from Kempe and Children’s Hospital Colorado will gather in the atrium to acknowledge how “we all play a role” in preventing abuse and neglect.
April 3, 9 a.m.
Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-off Rally
Colorado State Capitol – West Steps
Join Kempe and other Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Campaign Partners to kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Colorado. Wear blue to show your commitment to the cause
Wear Blue 2018
Kempe is participating in Wear Blue 2018, a day dedicated to celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country. We invite you to participate by wearing blue and sharing a photo on social media using #WearBlue.
Mondays in April
Kempe at the Capitol
Each Monday in April, Kempe will share information with legislators about key programs related to child abuse prevention and treatment. Follow along on social media.
Let’s Get Social!
Join The Kempe Foundation on social media throughout April. We will share quotes and videos from those who are advocating for children in Colorado. Use #preventionispossible to engage with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Thanks to the generous support of everyone who attended the Imagine 2018 Luncheon, we raised over $220,000 for Colorado kids. With that money, we will continue our work to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities.
photos courtesy of InSync Photography + Design
At last week’s luncheon, we were honored to award Linda Alvarado with the Imhoff Family Community Award and Reggie Bicha with the Kempe Professional Award. These individuals are dedicated not only to the work of Kempe, but also to supporting children in our community through various other channels. We were also thrilled to welcome our keynote speaker, Steve Pemberton, who inspired us all with his uplifting story of resilience.
Click here to view the full Facebook photo album from Imagine 2018!
Child Abuse Prevention Month is just around the corner. We ask that you take some time to think about how you can be part of the future we are working toward – a future where every child is safe and healthy, and child abuse and neglect are a thing of the past.