Kempe Receives $20,000 through the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund

Kempe recently received a $20,000 grant through the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant supports the critical work of the IMHOFF Clinic, a behavioral health clinic that provides direct services and consultations to children, families and caregivers.

“This grant enables Kempe to continue providing behavioral health services to children, families and caregivers as they deal with the consequences of abuse and neglect,” says, John Faught, President & CEO of The Kempe Foundation. “The services Kempe provides are an important step in helping children heal and lead healthy lives.”

The IMHOFF Clinic provides services that improve children’s mental health and family function, including mental health evaluation and assessments as part of treatment, individual and family therapy, and case consultation.

“Children who have experienced abuse or neglect are at a greater risk for developing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Dr. Erika McElroy, associate director of behavioral health services at Kempe. “IMHOFF Clinic’s professional, trained staff gives our patients the tools to address these challenges and restores hope to children and their families. We are grateful to the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund for believing in our work and in our clients.”

The Colorado Rockies Charity Fund distributed $220,000 to 10 Denver-based nonprofits, including Kempe.

Kempe Making a Tremendous Difference

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Thanks to the work of thousands of individuals and organizations, including Kempe, the latest reports indicate a 40% reduction in child abuse and neglect nationally over the past two decades. While there have been tremendous advances to keeping children safe, there is still much more work to do.

The information outlined in this report shows the impact our staff is making. In the past year alone, Kempe has connected with hundreds of mental and medical health professionals, child welfare professionals, scholars and other organizations in the fight to end child abuse and neglect.

In FY 2015, Kempe staff made a tremendous difference including:

  • Providing clinical care services to 2,008 children and 632 adults
  • Securing $11 million in state grants
  • Publishing 28 articles and completing 10 research papers
  • Training 5,257 child welfare professionals

We encourage you to read more about our professionals and their impact in our 2015 Kempe CARES for Children Annual Report. Because of your support, we are able to continue this crucial work. Thank you for caring for children.

John D. Faught, JD, President & CEO, The Kempe Foundation
Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH, Executive Director, The Kempe Center

Marijuana Edible Rules – a Positive Step Forward for Kids

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With Colorado’s groundbreaking decision to legalize marijuana came a wave of unintended consequences, namely an increase in the number of children who presented in emergency rooms with marijuana-related health concerns.

On Oct. 30, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) took a step forward in addressing this issue by releasing new regulations regarding medical and recreational marijuana.

As the leader of an organization dedicated to the safety and health of children, I am particularly interested in the regulations regarding the labeling and packaging of edibles. By the nature of how edibles are marketed, they are more appealing to children. And, with more than 300 different marijuana-infused edibles on the market, and sales of more than 4.8 million edible products in 2014 alone, we need a clear way for parents, caregivers, teachers, law enforcement and children themselves to identify these products and prevent unintentional ingestion.

The new rules contain promising provisions to keep our children safe. By October 2016, edibles must be packaged in child-resistant packaging, and will include an easily identifiable Universal Symbol and warning to “keep out of the reach of children.”

We appreciate the work of MED as they prioritized the safety and protection of the public while considering the business interests of the marijuana industry. This is a difficult path and is complicated further by the fact that other states are watching Colorado’s every move in this area.

We won’t know how effective these new provisions will be until after they are implemented next year, but we are encouraged by the work of our policy makers in taking a positive step forward.

John Faught is President & CEO of The Kempe Foundation

South Metro Denver Realtor® Association Philanthropies Awards $7,500 Grant to Kempe to Help Foster Family

South Metro Denver Realtor® Association (SMDRA) Philanthropies awarded a $7,500 grant to Kempe, a leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, to support a foster family under its care, the Story family. The funds will be used to transform the family’s unfinished two-car garage into an expanded living area at their home in Elizabeth, Colo.

(left to right) Danielle Story, Brad Bernero, development director of The Kempe Foundation, David Story, John Faught, president and CEO of the Kempe Foundation, Victoria Gartelos, board chair of South Metro Denver Realtor Association (SMDRA) Philanthropies, Chris Tippin of Colorado Quality Painting, Mary Ann Hinrichsen, board chair of SMDRA, Jeff Stockman of Stockman Builders, and Melissa Maldonado, CEO of SMDRA. (children standing and sitting)

(left to right) Danielle Story, Brad Bernero, development director of The Kempe Foundation, David Story, John Faught, president and CEO of the Kempe Foundation, Victoria Gartelos, board chair of South Metro Denver Realtor Association (SMDRA) Philanthropies, Chris Tippin of Colorado Quality Painting, Mary Ann Hinrichsen, board chair of SMDRA, Jeff Stockman of Stockman Builders, and Melissa Maldonado, CEO of SMDRA. (children standing and sitting)

“With the definition of philanthropy being the desire to promote the welfare of others, the South Metro Denver Realtor Association is pleased to present this grant to support a wonderful foster family,” Victoria Gartelos, SMDRA board member and chair of SMDRA Philanthropies said. “The Story’s have opened their hearts and home to more than two dozen children over the past five years. We thank Kempe for caring for this family and look forward to helping the Story’s complete this project.”

Parents Danielle and David Story currently have eight children in their care, several whom have special needs, including three biological children, four adopted children and one foster child. Kempe nominated the Story’s for the grant after learning about the family’s need for additional space.

“Kempe has provided mental and behavioral health services to the Story family, and we understand many of the challenges they face,” John Faught, president and CEO of The Kempe Foundation said. “Because of SMDRA and the partners involved, the Story’s will be able to better meet the needs of children in their care now and long into the future.”

“This grant means everything, and we are incredibly appreciative to Kempe and SMDRA for this gift,” Danielle Story said. “One of our sons has special needs, and the bigger he gets, the bigger his needs get. This space will allow us to create an extra living area that all our children can use.”

The new space will feature interactive elements to build motor skills for the children.

Working with the Story family to complete this project at SMDRA are Mary Ann Hinrichsen, SMDRA board chair, Melissa Maldonado, SMDRA CEO, and Gartelos. Additionally, Jeff Stockman with Stockman Builders, Chris Tippin of Colorado Quality Painting, and Frank Stack of Frank Stack Interiors/Veteran’s Carpet One are providing services. Tippin will donate painting services, and Stack will donate carpet padding and carpet.

The project is expected to take several weeks and the Story’s should be able to utilize the newly renovated space in early 2016.

To learn more about SMDRA, visit www.smdra.com. To learn more about Kempe, visit www.kempe.org.

Vote Yes on Proposition BB

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Kempe cares about kids. That’s why we urge our supporters to vote YES on Prop BB on your statewide ballot this November. Voting YES on Proposition BB would allow the state to keep additional revenue from marijuana taxation in 2014. This money will be used to spend $40 million to fund school construction and $12 million to fund marijuana education, substance abuse treatment and prevention, youth mentoring services, and Future Farmers of America and 4-H programs at the Colorado State Fair. By voting YES on Proposition BB, we can ensure that all of the taxes collected from the marijuana taxes in the first year are used to benefit our communities. To learn more about Prop BB, go to www.voteyesonbb.org.