Last month at our signature event, Imagine 2018, we presented Reggie Bicha with the 2018 Kempe Professional Award for his dedication to Kempe’s mission. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Reggie shared his thoughts on the importance of Kempe’s work.
As executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services since 2011, Reggie has engaged in bold initiatives to redesign and refocus the delivery of human services. He has led major advancements in the delivery of child welfare services, established a statewide mental health crisis response system, retooled juvenile justice using trauma-informed approaches, and employed a 2Gen approach to fight poverty.
Reggie is also a social worker who has amassed extensive experience in child welfare, education, employment, and health issues at the county, state and national levels.
“It absolutely breaks my heart to think that kids will be mistreated and abused. I encourage anyone who sees something troubling to speak up and report it.”
Motivated daily by her six wonderful grandchildren, Representative Landgraf is determined to protect and strengthen the well-being of Colorado’s children. As the representative for Southern El Paso County which includes Fort Carson, she is focused on the mental health impacts that military deployments have on local families.
Rep. Landgraf is a sponsor of House Bill 1078, which would provide veterans with access to mental health treatment to help support their return to civilian life. This transition is stressful for every member of the family, and can often lead to higher instances of child abuse. Rep. Landgraf is also working on House Bill 1021, which would establish a task force for youth experiencing homelessness.
Watch the video below to hear more from Rep. Landgraf.
“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).