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.
The Kempe Foundation’s vision is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
We believe that through awareness, knowledge and research we can make enormous strides in meeting the challenges children face as the result of child abuse and neglect.
In FY17, we directly served children in nearly every county in Colorado. We also provided coaching and consultation for professionals in many states outside of Colorado.
We invite you to learn more about our impact in our FY 2017 Annual Report.
Our metrics, however, are only a starting point. The total impact of Kempe’s work and the number of children and families helped is immeasurable. With the generous support of donors, Kempe is able to create the right mix of supporting experts in the field, community engagement and advocacy to have a lasting and profound impact on thousands of children and families.
Thank you for your commitment to ensuring all children have the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
President & CEO
The Kempe Foundation
On March 15, The Kempe Foundation will honor two individuals at our signature Imagine 2018 Luncheon – Reggie Bicha and Linda Alvarado. Both of this year’s honorees are commended for their dedication to children through professional and personal accomplishments and commitments. We are grateful to have both of these individuals as long-time supporters of Kempe and leaders in our community.
2018 Kempe Professional Award Honoree Reggie Bicha serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Since his appointment to this role in 2011, Mr. Bicha has engaged in bold initiatives to redesign and refocus the delivery of human services. Under his leadership, CDHS has attracted national attention for its innovation and leadership. In addition, Mr. Bicha has led major advances 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. Mr. Bicha is being recognized for his unparalleled commitment to human services and to the health and well-being of our local community.
2018 Kempe Imhoff Family Community Award Honoree Linda Alvarado is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction, Inc. In addition to her many professional accomplishments in the commercial construction industry, Ms. Alvarado is actively involved in supporting a number of charitable organizations, many of which are dedicated to the well-being and advancement of children and families. She is also dedicated to opening doors and increasing opportunities for women and people of all ethnic backgrounds to enter new careers. She is a passionate supporter of the work of Kempe and well deserving of this honor.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees – we thank you for your passion and dedication to Kempe’s mission to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. And we look forward to celebrating you on March 15!
Register today for Imagine 2018 and help us celebrate these incredible individuals!
The Kempe Foundation is gearing up for an important 2018 legislative session. Throughout the summer, the Foundation has been networking with legislators and other stakeholders, laying the groundwork for policy priorities that will continue to improve the quality of life for Colorado children and families. As we head into the 2018 session, the Kempe Foundation has three primary legislative priorities:
- Strengthening our Foster Care System. The Kempe Foundation has worked with stakeholders and other partners to identify areas where better support is needed for foster care kids, parents, and families. The Child Welfare Training System continues to add modules so foster care families have the right tools and training to best serve the children in their home. We continue to be involved and generally supportive of efforts underway by the Department of Human Services as well as county department of human services to create an environment so children and families thrive in the foster care system.
- Access to Mental Health Services for Kids. Kempe was involved in the initial passage of the Colorado Child Mental Health Treatment Act to ensure families can access community, residential, and transitional treatment services without entering the child welfare system. This year the Act is up for reauthorization and Kempe is at the table in discussions as to the Act should look like moving forward. The Governor has requested additional money to fund the program in the next fiscal year so it can serve additional children.
- Budget Support for Prevention, Intervention, and Wrap Around Services. The Kempe Center is home to many amazing and impactful programs including Fostering Healthy Futures, the Child Welfare Training System and SafeCare Colorado which the Center operates in partnership with the Department of Human Services. Each year the Kempe Foundation plays an integral role ensuring continued funding for both SafeCare and the Child Welfare Training System. The Kempe Foundation also works closely with the Department to educate legislators on the importance of both programs and how the improve the quality of life for caseworkers and families alike. Kempe also supports and will support efforts to increase funding for the Tony Grampsas Youth Services grants of which Fostering Health Futures is a recipient.