Ralston House

A nonprofit organization

Ralston House (RH) and the child advocacy model helps bring child sexual abuse to light. When a child tells his or her story, the healing process begins. Our mission is to stop the abuse and start the healing. Remember the children of our community depend on all of us.


"I like this place. It feels like home." - a child expresses what many children say to us. They feel safe here.

From a parent whose child was interviewed at Ralston House: I thought it was a welcoming environment and much better than my daughter being questioned at a police station."

From another parent: "As soon as we walked in we felt the comfort in this home. I don't call it a house because in a house there's no comfort but in a home there is."

From Don Wick, Former Chief of Police, Arvada Police Department: "Ralston House provides services to all law enforcement and human service organizations in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties, and throughout the Denver metropolitan area . . . The Ralston House staff is exceptional, and the entire organization's reputation is well known throughout the metropolitan area . . . Because of the reputation of the Executive Director Don Moseley and his staff, the Ralston House is viewed as a high performing and professional non-profit organization that deserves funding . . . Over the years Ralston House has proven to be a priceless resource to professionals, victims, and their families."

From Len Green, Former Board President: "Ralston House is truly a special place. My work with Ralston House started over four years ago and each day reminds me how fortunate we are to have a place where abused children can go that enables them to feel safe and begin the road to recovery.
The Ralston House Team is fully dedicated to serving children and assisting law enforcement despite the horrific situations to which these children have been exposed. The excellent quality of service is evidenced by feedback received daily on written client surveys as well as letters we receive complimenting Ralston House's staff on the work they do."

From Jeannie Ritter, former First Lady of Colorado and Ralston House Honorary Board Member:
"Ralston House is the first step to recovery . . . there is a healing that can take place. There's a hope. If this isn't taken care of, we know what happens to this population . . . coming in at the appropriate time has a powerful impact. It's not just about prosecution here . . . Children and teens who have been assaulted need our help to make sense of everything that has happened to them. At Ralston House there is hope and healing in the midst of tragedy."


Ralston House Child Advocacy Center works with law enforcement, child protective services, and the district attorney's office to provide a safe place to investigate child abuse. We ensure victim services for children who have been physically or sexually abused or who have witnessed violence. Ralston House also provides education and outreach to prevent child abuse. Our mission is to stop the abuse and start the healing.

Background Statement

Ralston House was developed in 1990 to assist in the investigative process of child sexual abuse cases. It was founded through the Arvada Police Department to provide a child-friendly, safe and neutral environment where police detectives, social workers, mental health and medical professionals could talk with children and their families in surroundings that would lessen the anxiety of a child who had been assaulted. Children and teens who have been sexually or physically abused can tell their stories, undergo a comprehensive medical exam and receive victim support services in a safe, respectful environment as they begin to heal from the trauma they have experienced without being re-traumatized in the process. It was the first child advocacy center in Jefferson County and the second in Colorado. It is the only child advocacy center in Jefferson County (two locations - Arvada and Lakewood) and Adams/Broomfield Counties (one location - Northglenn). Ralston House is the only non-hospital center in the 1st and 17th Judicial Districts providing pediatric forensic medical sexual assault exams. In early 2009, a second site was opened in Lakewood to better meet the ever-increasing need for services and provide more convenient access for investigators and families in central south Jefferson County. A third site was opened in May 2014 in Northglenn for better access to investigators and families from Adams and Broomfield Counties. Ralston House now also works with the District Attorney's Office in the 1st Judicial District and the FBI to interview teens who have been trafficked or who are at high risk for being trafficked. Staff serve on the Colorado Human Trafficking Council. Satisfaction surveys completed by parents, children teens and investigative agencies consistently rate services as excellent or above average. Services are free of charge to all victim families and professionals.

Organization Data


Organization name

Ralston House

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Human Services, Crime & Legal-Related, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Large Organization


10795 West 58th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002


1875 Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80214


2360 W. 112th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234

Service areas

Jefferson County, CO, US

Adams County, CO, US

Broomfield, CO, US

Gilpin County, CO, US



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