Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The mission of Kempe's Perpetration Prevention Program is to reduce the risk of children being abusive, as children and adolescents, and ultimately as the next generation of adults, by providing primary, secondary and tertiary perpetration prevention strategies.
Since 2013, Kempe 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.
2,200 New Caseworkers have completed pre-service training
450 New Supervisors have completed pre-service training
64,000 Mandatory Reporters have been trained online
2,500 Foster Parents have completed core training
45,000 Learners have completed and in-service course
2,500 Hours of coaching have been delivered
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Kempe's Child Protection Team offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary consultation assessment, treatment, and referral services for children who may have been physically or sexually abused or neglected. Sensitive and best practice care is provided by dedicated clinicians to help the hospital and community identify, treat, and console child abuse victims and their families. This is a joint program of The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics to also train medical, nursing, social work, and mental health professionals.
The Kempe CPT is the only hospital-based, multi-disciplinary team in the Rocky Mountain West Region - with a 53-year history of excellence in the field. The Team is frequently called upon by medical professionals, child welfare and law enforcement agencies for consultation and assistance with both routine and complex cases. The Child Protection Team is on call 365 days each year, 24 hours each day.
The Kempe Child Protection Team helps hundreds of children and families every year.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
The Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) Program addresses the needs of preadolescent boys and girls, ages 9-11, who have been placed in foster care following child abuse and neglect. Its goals are to reduce adolescent risk behaviors and promote positive outcomes for these vulnerable youth, who are at risk for a range of adverse outcomes, often with continued difficulties in adulthood.
FHF enrolls children from Adams, Denver, Jefferson, Broomfield and Arapahoe Counties upon referral from their deaprtments of social serviceshuman services. Graduate research assistants and graduate students also benefit from FHF's unique opportunities for professional training. This Program also works with the children's caregiversfamilies, both biological and foster. Since 2002, 592 youth have been enrolled in the FHF Program.
Preliminary findings document that FHF is a promising intervention, having a positive impact on participants' social skills and competence, academic performance, life skills, and self-esteem.
Quotes from Youth Participants:
• [Even though I was a mess all the time] I always felt really good inside noticing that there was a text in my inbox reminding me to strive for something better in life... And never settling for less.
• I couldn't have asked for something better! Thank you for actually caring and making a change in my life.
• It was helpful to set goals with my mentor because once I set them, I achieved more.
• It was good 'cause I got to be with people that were also in foster care and you don't get that a lot…so, it's easier to cope with people when they have the same feelings as you.
• Honestly, it was a great, a great program. I would recommend it to everybody who is in out-of-home care. It showed me that there is people other than my family that want me to succeed, and that's behind my back, and, you know, is rooting for me. …it gave me a little joy to my life when it wasn't too much joy.