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.
President & CEO
The Kempe Foundation
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 24.
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.
AURORA, CO (May 23, 2019) – The Kempe Center and Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of the Colorado’s Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Network (CARENetwork) by the Colorado Legislature through HB19-1133. The CARENetwork is a program to provide quality assessments for suspected victims of child abuse and neglect by building local capacity in communities. As the Resource Center for the CARENetwork, the Kempe Center will recruit designated health care and behavioral health providers in communities across the state and train them as to the signs of child abuse and neglect and resources available to families to address risks that may lead to child abuse and neglect.
HB19-1133, sponsored by Representatives Caraveo and Pelton and Senator Fields, was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on May 23, 2019.
“Although the session presented a new political landscape with Democrats in control of the Senate, House, and Governor’s Office, we were able to garner bipartisan support for a number initiatives for improving the safety, health and well-being of children and youth across Colorado,” said John Faught, CEO of The Kempe Foundation. “The CARENetwork will ultimately expand the safety net for children, and likely contribute to a reduction in severe incidents of child abuse and neglect, including fatalities.”
The CARENetwork is a state program within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and in coordination with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS).
The Kempe Foundation worked closely with various stakeholders including the CDPHE, CDHS, American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Advocacy Centers, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Colorado Children’s Campaign to pass the legislation. The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.
About The Kempe Foundation
The Kempe Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Kempe works to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. www.kempe.org