The Kempe Foundation

Kempe is a world leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. We bring together leading research and treatment professionals, policy makers and community members to make sure every child has the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.

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General Information

Official Name
The Kempe Foundation​​​​​​​
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(2006)Kempe Children's Foundation
(2021)The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
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Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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The Gary Pavilion at Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 E 16th Avenue, B390
Aurora, CO 80045
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Mission Statement

The Kempe Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. We work to ensure all children have the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. Through partnerships with The Kempe Center, human service agencies, other child-serving nonprofits and funders, we make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.

Supporting Experts:
The Kempe Foundation is a network of caring community members whose dollars directly support professionals in the field of child abuse, neglect and trauma treatment and prevention. We support research-based programs offered by Kempe Center professionals, advance trainings for practitioners, and invest in solutions that improve the lives of children and families.

Engaging with Communities:
At the Kempe Foundation, we believe children and families are resilient. When parents are provided with the resources they need to care for themselves and their families, children will live safer and healthier lives. Oftentimes, families are unaware or unable to access the resources that would help them succeed. To solve this problem, the Kempe Foundation works alongside human services agencies, nonprofit organizations and other community partners to strengthen the systems that support children and families.

Advocating for Children:
Building a safe, healthy and happy future for children requires collaboration between parents, practitioners and policymakers. The Kempe Foundation's policy team collaborates with Kempe professionals, child welfare advocates and legislators to push forward child-focused policies that will improve the lives of children and families in Colorado and beyond. We work with state and national lawmakers as well as human services agencies to advance laws, policies and programs that provide opportunities for children to live safe, healthy and happy lives.

Organization History


In 1962, Dr. C. Henry Kempe and his colleagues led the identification and recognition of child abuse with the defining paper, The Battered Child Syndrome. This paper was regarded as the single most significant event in creating awareness and exposing the reality of child abuse. It gave doctors a way to understand and identify child abuse and neglect, along with information about how to report suspected abuse. Dr. Kempe was a tenacious researcher and a relentless advocate, working tirelessly to change policy, laws and perceptions to better protect children.

Inspired by these findings, Dr. Kempe founded the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1972 to create a network of professionals to improve the care and well-being of children and families everywhere. Today, the Kempe Center is recognized as a world leader in innovating solutions to prevent and treat child abuse, neglect and trauma. A few years later, in 1976, The Kempe Foundation was formed to increase awareness, engage in advocacy and secure resources for The Kempe Center.

The Kempe Foundation is committed to our continued investment in research, advocacy, education and training that will provide opportunities for all children and families to live safe and healthy lives.


"Things were falling a part…we couldn't take them (our foster children) to church, we couldn't go to Sunday school, we couldn't go into the grocery store. We went from on the edge of losing it to a controlled situation almost immediately with Kempe's support.
We have the tools now to manage them and it has made all the difference. The biggest difference in those children's lives was The Kempe Center. Words cannot express the overall difference they made in our family." David Story, Foster and Adoptive Parent

"We try to move on and make the best of every day; we thank God for places like Kempe." Chris Slater, a parent whose son received help from the Kempe Child Protection Team

"I was excited when I heard Kempe was awarded the (Colorado Child Welfare Training System) contract from the state. Kempe has international experts on child abuse and neglect located right here in Colorado." Colorado State Senator Linda Newell

"In working with the professionals at Kempe, I have learned child abuse and neglect have immediate and acute long term effects on victims. I can personally attest to the passion Kempe brings to caring for children. Because of the core work performed every day, Kempe has truly evolved to be a world leader in the field of child abuse and neglect." Ren Cannon, Former member of the Kempe Foundation Board of Directors

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