Topic: Press Releases

CDHS Awards Child Welfare Training System Contract to Kempe

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.

Julia Stone Promoted to President

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.”

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.

Denise Jendrusch Named Development Director

As we welcome 2018, we are also excited to welcome Denise Jendrusch as our Development Director.

“We are delighted to have Denise on our team,” said John Faught, Kempe’s President and CEO. “We are confident that her wealth of experience and longevity in the Denver community will bring continued success to our organization.”

As Development Director, Denise will be responsible for developing and executing Kempe’s annual fundraising plan. She will also secure sponsors for Kempe’s major events, and cultivate relationships with donors who wish to support the Foundation’s mission. Denise will also focus on building the Kempe Ambassadors program, a group of professionals who work in concert with the Kempe Foundation to provide awareness, education, advocacy and fundraising support.

“I am eager to use my experience and expertise in new ways to make a difference in the community I live in,” said Denise. “I have worked with many nonprofits throughout my career and I have a strong passion for helping Kempe succeed.”

Prior to joining Kempe, Denise was the Advertising Director for the Denver Business Journal for more than 20 years. There, she was responsible for developing new revenue through event sponsorships and both print and digital advertising. She also managed business development and cultivated strong relationships with local business and nonprofit leaders.

You can reach Denise by email at Jendrusch.Denise@Kempe.org or by phone at 303-864-5308.

Kempe Partners with Colorado Department of Human Services to Fund, Expand SafeCare® Across Colorado

In May, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Early Childhood announced it had secured $5 million in funding to continue operation of SafeCare® Colorado. Through this funding, Kempe will continue managing SafeCare® on behalf of CDHS through a five-year renewable contract.

Since 2013, Kempe has partnered with the CDHS to implement SafeCare® through a multi-phase rollout. Today, SafeCare® is available in 11 community organizations in 39 counties and two tribal nations. As part of this new contract with Kempe, the SafeCare® program will expand to include two additional sites in two additional Colorado counties by the end of fiscal year 2016-2017.

Based on an internationally recognized, evidence-based, in-home parent support program, the goal of SafeCare® is to prevent families from entering or re-entering the child welfare system by providing direct skills training to parents and caregivers. SafeCare® has adopted this model to create a flexible, free and voluntary parent support program for parents and caregivers with children ages five and under who need extra support to keep their families safe and healthy.

“We are thrilled to continue our work implementing the proven best practices of the SafeCare® model in Colorado, and grateful to the Colorado Department of Human Services for entrusting Kempe to continue our management of this important and much needed program,” said Katherine L. Casillas, Ph.D., Director of SafeCare®. “Children under the age of three are at the greatest risk for being victims of fatal child abuse. The direct skills training provided through SafeCare® to the most at-risk populations in our state is needed to help reduce this risk and keep our young children safe.”

Under the new contract, the Kempe SafeCare® team will continue to fulfill the role of SafeCare® Colorado Program Intermediary, facilitating activities required to support, assist and coordinate with CDHS to monitor home visitation and related services performed through the SafeCare® program.

As part of its mission to provide education, advocacy and fundraising to support the The Kempe Center, The Kempe Foundation played an integral role in securing the renewed SafeCare® contract. Throughout fiscal year 2015-2016, Kempe’s leadership advocated for funding to be renewed to support this important program.

As stated by John Faught, President & CEO of The Kempe Foundation, “We are very gratified that The Kempe Center will continue management of the SafeCare® Colorado program as the team in place represents the highest caliber of expertise within the child advocacy arena. Their knowledge and vision for this program are integral to keeping children safe in our state.”

Visit safecareco.co4kids.org to learn more.

New SafeCare® Colorado Sites

  • Ute Mountain Ute program, serving tribal families who reside on the Ute Mountain Ute or Southern Ute reservations, as well as any registered member of a federally recognized tribe in the southwestern corner of the state who may not be living on either reservation.
  • Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, serving Moffat and Routt counties.

Continued SafeCare® Colorado Sites

  • Baby Bear Hugs, serving Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.
  • Mesa County Health Department, serving Mesa County.
    Montezuma County Public Health Department, serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
  • Savio House, serving Denver County.
  • Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council, serving Arapahoe County.
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo, serving Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano, and Las Animas counties.
  • High Plains Community Health Center, serving Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.
  • The Family Tree serving Adams, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.
  • La Llave Family Resource Center, serving Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties.
  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, serving El Paso County.
  • North Range Behavioral Health, serving Weld County.

About The Kempe Foundation
For nearly 40 years, The Kempe Foundation has provided the education, advocacy and fundraising to support the The Kempe Center. Through the work we do under our four CARE pillars – clinical care, advocacy, research and education – we are a part of a game-changing, paradigm shift in the way we think about, talk about and treat child abuse and neglect as a public health crisis. To learn more, visit www.kempe.org.