Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Our mission is to strengthen vulnerable American Indian and Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally-responsive services. Our organization works to address the over-representation of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the child welfare system by providing intensive case management, resources and referrals, nutrition education, parenting classes, support groups, culture nights, and many more programs that strengthen support systems, decrease risk factors, and celebrate the strengths of Denver's native families.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Denver Indian Family Resource Center​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
N/A
Acronym
DIFRC
Date Established
2000
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1568837
Addresses
Headquarters Address
1633 Fillmore St.
GL2a
Denver, CO 80206
Colorado Location
N/A
Mailing Address
N/A
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
720-500-1020
Fax Number
720-479-8459
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
info@difrc.org
Website
difrc.org
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Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen vulnerable American Indian and Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally responsive services.

Organization History

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the Denver metro area. Our agency was founded in 2000 to respond to the overrepresentation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families involved in the child welfare system. Overrepresentation in the child welfare system is a historic and ongoing challenge within the AI/AN population. Culturally-responsive services were identified as a critical unmet need. By way of initiatory partnership with Casey Family Programs, DIFRC was founded to meet this need through direct services and systems change efforts.

DIFRC's mission is to strengthen vulnerable American Indian and Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally-responsive services. DIFRC achieves this by providing clinical and community-based programs and services to families who self-identify as AI/AN in the Denver metro area. Additionally, DIFRC provides Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) advocacy to support reunification efforts for families who are involved in the child welfare system. DIFRC has established a revered reputation and demonstrated success in serving as a single point of entry for comprehensive, intensive, and collaborative community-based services to vulnerable AI/AN children and their caregivers.

Testimonials

"I never had heard of the things that you are doing with the Native American families, until someone told me about Cooking Matters. Through that, I am able to participate in the Nurturing class with my grandchildren and they really like it. I was put in boarding school at 6 years old and I had a very bad way of growing up, with a lot of mean discipline of bringing up my children. I grew up without love in the boarding school and I couldn't even express or say "I love you". I brought them up with very negative, poor and bad ways of parenting. I'm glad they accepted me to take the class with my grandchildren. I think there is a constant challenge to meet their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. There is a lot to learn together, more positive and more information and sometimes we talk about the cultural side of being Native American. I really like the class, the teachers are great and doing a good job with our Native American families. I want to enjoy my grandchildren now and my hope is that they along with me will have many happy hours of playing, growing, and learning together. That's my goal with my grandchildren. Thank you for letting me and my granddaughters take this class, they always looked forward to it every week."

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