The Colorado Department of Human Services(CDHS) has awarded a $4.7 million annual contract to the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect to continue running the state’s Child Welfare Training System (CWTS). Since 2013, the Kempe Center has worked alongside CDHS to revolutionize this training system through leadership and learning to positively impact Colorado’s children and families.
The Kempe Foundation has worked with legislators to ensure funding for this critical program is included in the state’s budget.
Read more on the CDHS website. See our latest update on the Child Welfare Training System.
We are pleased to announce Julia Stone has been promoted to President and COO. She will be responsible for overseeing daily operations and will provide insight on planning and decision making. John Faught will remain CEO of the Foundation, focusing on advocacy and strategic direction. Stone has been with the Foundation since October of 2012.
“For the past six years, I have seen firsthand how the fundraising and advocacy work of the Kempe Foundation directly impacts the lives of children and families here in Colorado and across the country,” says Stone. “In this new role I look forward to collaborating with our key partners, government agencies, other nonprofits and our community to grow our programs and reach.”
Since joining the Foundation, Stone has been integral to a variety of accomplishments. She addressed financial challenges early on by streamlining costs and improving efficiency. She has also supported Kempe’s facility at the Gary Pavilion, providing an effective and energizing space for the work of the Kempe Center professionals and Foundation staff. Most recently, Stone assisted with finalizing a partnership with the Haruv Institute of Israel to create the International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice.
“Julia has done outstanding work for the Kempe Foundation and I have no doubt she will continue to do so as our president,” said CEO John Faught. “Her expertise and dedication have allowed us to find innovative ways to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting experts, advocating for children and engaging communities.”
In 1962, Dr. C. Henry Kempe shocked the medical profession by exposing the reality of child abuse in his groundbreaking paper, The Battered Child Syndrome. The BBC recently aired a brief history of this remarkable man who helped save many children’s lives. Click here to listen to his powerful story.
In partnership with ECHO Colorado, Kempe is building innovative programs in the childmaltreatment space that connect the best and brightest minds in the field with healthcareproviders and their peers to share knowledge and experience for identifying and addressing child maltreatment in groundbreaking new ways. See the program update here.
Building upon the success of the original Fostering Healthy Futures® program for preteens, the Kempe Center and the University of Denver collaborated to adapt the program for teens. Fostering Healthy Futures for Teens works with our community’s most vulnerable youth as they transition to high school. See the program update here.