Topic: Child Abuse and Neglect

Ren Cannon Matching up to $30,000 on Colorado Gives Day

Once again, our Kempe Ambassadors Chair Ren Cannon will match all Colorado Gives Day donations up to $30,000! This means we can raise twice as many funds and get closer to our fundraising goal of $90,000!

Thanks to Ren and donors like you, Kempe is changing the way we talk about and treat child abuse and neglect. This “hidden epidemic” crosses all socio-economic, religious and ethnic boundaries and impacts communities across Colorado and the country.

Your Colorado Gives Day donation will support our work to protect children and families everywhere. Please help us reach our goal of $90,000 and donate on December 4.

 

How to Schedule Your Donation in Advance:

Your Colorado Gives Day donation can be scheduled ahead of time. Your donation will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 4th, and still count towards the $1 million incentive fund.

  • Go to The Kempe Foundation’s Colorado Gives profile.
  • Click on “DONATE” button.
  • Enter donation amount.
  • Under “Donation Frequency,” choose the option “CO Gives Day.” This will schedule the donation to process on December 4th.
  • Finish the step-by-step process and click “Add to Cart.”

Kempe ID Awarded Opportunity to Assist United States Olympic Committee

Kempe Innovative Designs was recently awarded the opportunity to assist the athletic programs of the United States Olympic Committee. The Kempe Center’s Kasey Matz, MA and her team will be designing, developing and testing new training materials for sexual, physical and emotional abuse identification, investigation and prevention in amateur athletic programs.

This effort will be supported by funding through the SMART FY 2018 Keep Young Athletes Safe grant program developed under direction of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). This program furthers the Department’s mission of reducing sexual violence by supporting an entity to provide oversight of the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each Paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse in sports.

In January 2018, a U.S. House of Representatives committee opened an investigation into sexual abuse in organized sports in response to the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar. His abuse of more than 150 women and girls, as well as reports of sexual misconduct allegations in the Taekwondo community and allegations of sexual abuse from former U.S. swimmers, led to the commitment for action. In its announcement, the committee noted the “abhorrent abuses” associated with Nassar’s case, the U.S. Taekwondo athletes and U.S. swimmer allegations, and raised concerns about whether the United States Olympic Committee had sufficient oversight mechanisms to protect its athletes from abuse and mistreatment.

In February 2018, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, designed to extend the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. There are 47 U.S. Olympic organizations across the country that require oversight on these fronts provided by an outside organization with expertise in preventing and investigating all forms of abuse.

The award to Kempe will support developing necessary educational materials, investigatory tools, training programs and policies that can prevent abuse, and work to address abuse, once identified.

Empowering Survivors to Move Forward with Hope and Dignity

Brittany* was 15 when she was referred to Extended Hands of Hope by a caseworker from Jefferson County’s Department of Human Services. She had been in and out of jail since the age of nine, had a history of running away, and was grades behind in both math and reading. On top of this, her severe depression was fueled by drug and alcohol addiction.

It took Brittany about two months before she allowed the Extended Hands of Hope team to help her. She struggled with the structure and process of the program, refusing therapy and every service offered by her caseworker. Her trauma was so deep that she even rejected personal hygiene and would gnaw on her own hair because of nervousness.

Eventually, Brittany began substance abuse treatment, counseling and therapy. She took a shower for the first time in months, and attended Extended Hands of Hope’s licensed, on-site school, Forward Learning Academy. She successfully made it through every phase of the program, and by the time she finished, she was re-enrolled in school, applying for jobs and reunited with her mom. Brittany also continued therapy after she left and regularly attended substance abuse support groups.

Had Brittany not come to a trauma-informed facility like Extended Hands of Hope, she would have been presumed defiant by the courts and ended up in jail, back under control of a pimp, or dead. Extended Hands of Hope protects young girls like Brittany who have been recovered from sex trafficking and exploitation and provides them with safe homes and a strong support team to help them heal and develop long-term survivorship skills. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, these young girls are able to move forward into a new beginning.

Join us October 4 for a panel discussion with Extended Hands of Hope and other experts to learn more about what is being done in Colorado to protect our vulnerable youth. Register here.

*Brittany is a fictional name used to protect the identity of the survivor. 

Child Welfare Training System introduces new training to help prevent child maltreatment fatalities

This fall, Colorado’s Child Welfare Training System will launch a new training for child welfare supervisors and managers – ‘Sleep Tight the Kids Are Alright,’ a reference to the sleepless nights caseworkers and supervisors endure worrying that they are making the right decisions to serve and protect the children under their watch and prevent the worst possible outcome. The course uses case study scenarios and data from child fatality cases in Colorado and provides a space for child welfare supervisors to analyze the events that led to a tragic ending in an effort to prevent similar outcomes in the future.

Since 2013, the Kempe Center has worked alongside the Colorado Department of Human Services to revolutionize the Child Welfare Training System (CWTS). Through leadership and learning, Kempe and CDHS are profoundly and positively impacting Colorado’s children and families through the transformation of the system.

Read more about Sleep Tight the Kids Are Alright.

Kempe, Haruv Institute Launch Innovative Journal to Keep Children Safe

The Kempe Foundation, The Kempe Center, and The Haruv Institute have joined to establish a groundbreaking international journal on child abuse and neglect.
The International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy, and Practice will begin publication during the third quarter of 2018. It will be published by Springer Nature, one of the world’s largest scientific publishers, from its office in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

The journal’s editorial management will be undertaken by The Kempe Center. Based at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, The Kempe Center is supported in its work, including the new journal, by The Kempe Foundation. The principal international partner in the financing and sponsorship of journal is The Haruv Institute, Israel’s leading center for training and research on the protection of children and an active catalyst in international scholarship on child abuse and neglect.

The journal’s stated purpose is the improvement of “policy and practice related to the fulfillment of children’s right to personal security—the protection of children’s physical safety, the promotion of their sense of security, and the assurance of their receiving care sufficient for fulfillment of their basic needs in the settings of everyday life.”

It will include descriptions and reviews of child protection programs and policies and evaluations of their effects, as well as scholarly reports of theory-grounded empirical research on the nature of child maltreatment and its causes and correlates.

Gary B. Melton will be the founding editor-in-chief. He is associate director for community development and social policy at The Kempe Center. He is also professor of pediatrics and of community and behavioral health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and visiting professor of education and psychology at the University of Virginia. Melton is the only recipient of four Distinguished Contributions Awards from the American Psychological Association, among other prestigious national and international honors for scholarship and public service.

Jill D. McLeigh will serve as associate editor. McLeigh is research assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Already an accomplished editor, McLeigh is co-editor of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatryand past associate editor of Child Abuse & Neglect.

“There have been great advances in public concern and knowledge about child maltreatment. However, large gaps persist in the knowledge needed to keep children safe,” said Melton. “Older journals have often emphasized evidence that child maltreatment exists in diverse societies and that it has bad effects on people, both as children and later as adolescents and adults. Such findings by themselves may intensify public concern about child maltreatment. However, they seldom result in insights about what should be done to enhance children’s safety and well-being. The new journal will be a forum for presentation and analysis of innovative programs and policies for prevention, control, and mitigation of child abuse and neglect.”
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About The Kempe Foundation
The Kempe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The Kempe Foundation works to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities.

About The Kempe Center
The Center is a section of the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is the oldest clinical care and research center on child abuse and neglect in the world. The Kempe Center provides clinical care and advocacy for child victims, advocacy for policy and prevention efforts, leads national and international research efforts, and provides training of professionals and the public.

About The Haruv Institute
Haruv is Israel’s leading training and research center and one of the preeminent institutions worldwide in the field of child abuse and neglect. The institute was established in 2007 to train professionals, paraprofessionals, researchers, parents and children on the prevention, identification, treatment and rehabilitation of abused and neglected children.

About Springer
Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services. Springer has one of the strongest STM and HSS eBook collections and archives, as well as a comprehensive range of hybrid and open access journals. Springer is part of Springer Nature, a global publisher that serves and supports the research community. Springer Nature aims to advance discovery by publishing robust and insightful science, supporting the development of new areas of research and making ideas and knowledge accessible around the world.