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The Kempe50th Birthday Celebration presented by
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In 1962, Dr. Henry C. Kempe and his colleagues exposed the reality of child abuse for the first time in their defining paper, The Battered Child Syndrome. This paper is lauded as the most significant event to give doctors a way to identify and understand child abuse. Inspired by these findings, Dr. Kempe founded the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1972 to improve the care and well-being of children and families. Today, 50 years later, it is recognized as a world leader in innovative solutions to prevent and treat child abuse, neglect and trauma.

On April 29, 2022, we will celebrate this milestone anniversary by throwing a birthday party to honor the achievements of the Kempe Center’s dedicated professionals and recognize the children and families who have been a part of our history.

Inspired by Dr. Kempe’s vision of a world where all children are happy and healthy, this birthday extravaganza will bring out the kid in all of us. Our 50th birthday will be an opportunity to tap into your child-like spirit and celebrate all the young lives Kempe has positively impacted over the last 50 years.

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us on April 29th, 2022!

Thanks to everyone’s incredible generosity, we raised over $475,000 to support the programs and research that help prevent and treat child abuse/neglect!


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Imhoff Family Community Award

MidFirst Bank
MidFirst Bank and its employees are longtime supporters of The Kempe Foundation and strong supporter of the communities they serve. They invest time and money on important educational, charitable and civic organizations. Volunteerism is important to MidFirst as giving back is powered by its employees from all of the communities in which they live and share with their customers. MidFirst Bank is the largest privately-held bank in the United States serving 900,000 customers nationally and offers a full range of personal, commercial, trust, private banking and mortgage banking products and services. Their people and culture truly define the MidFirst Bank difference.

Kempe Professional Award

Children’s Hospital Colorado; Jena Hausmann, President & Chief Executive Officer
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought Colorado to an inflection point in the care and well-being of our children. In May 2021, Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a “State of Emergency” for youth mental health, prompted by inpatient units overrun with youth suicide attempts and suffering from other forms of major mental health illness. The strong partnership between Children’s Colorado and Kempe are vital to support those in need. Today, families, human services and law enforcement agencies, healthcare professionals and educators turn to the only hospital-based multidisciplinary child protection team in Colorado for consultation and support. Jena leads a pediatric healthcare system that includes more than 11,000 professionals delivering the highest levels of care from four hospitals in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and 14 additional specialty care locations throughout the state. Under her leadership, Children’s Hospital Colorado has been routinely identified as one of the top 10 pediatric hospital systems in the country and recognized nationally and internationally for its medical, research, education, and advocacy programs.



Narine Avanesova
Ren Cannon and Jill Metzler
Darcy Cantwell
Jonah and Shannon Cave
John Faught
Patti Hildebrand
Cindie Jamison and Chuck Marcy
Garrett and Sarah Johnson
Jon and Teri Kruljac
Leigh and Michael McMahon
Mary and Peter Pappas
Kelsey and Stephen Sahli
Clint and Kayla Schmitz
Dan and Marian Seff
Casey Stelman
Lisa Taussig
Brunilda Wright


The KempeLegacy

The Kempe Center

The Kempe Center is a living legacy to a brilliant researcher, teacher and prominent pediatrician who became one of America’s pioneers in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. During his professional career, Dr. Kempe received two nominations for the Nobel Prize. The first nomination was for his work in developing a safer smallpox vaccine, which helped eradicate this childhood disease around the world.

The second nomination was recognition for his contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Due to the catalyzing efforts of Dr. Kempe, reporting laws exist in all 50 states. His efforts also led to the passage of the 1972 Colorado law requiring legal counsel for the child in all cases of suspected abuse.

The Kempe Center was established in 1972 to provide research, training, education and innovative program development for all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Center is committed to improving the prevention, recognition and treatment of child maltreatment. Staff has developed numerous programs over the years, many of which have been replicated. Research has shown that abused children often become abusive parents. The Center’s mission is to break that cycle.

The Kempe Center Mission

The Center was the first of its kind, established in 1972 to better understand and prevent child maltreatment and to serve affected children and their families. For the past 49 years, Kempe has promoted understanding, knowledge and best practices to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect locally, nationally and internationally. Today we honor our legacy while looking ahead for ways to transform our field. It is our mission to improve the lives of children and families. We believe that abuse and neglect are preventable and people are resilient. We are curious. We take a stand. We test assumptions. Our leadership in advocacy, research, education and clinical work drives innovative strategies that transform the field. Through our work we strengthen families, communities and the systems that serve them. We are a catalyst, connecting people, information and best practices to translate knowledge into action.

The Kempe Foundation

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.

Achievements and Success for the Future of our Children

The Kempe Child Protection Team provides comprehensive medical evaluations through inpatient and emergency department consultations at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Kempe Center’s IMHOFF Clinic offers a variety of services that are family-based and short-term with the goal of improving children’s mental health, building their developmental competencies, and improving family functioning. Due to Dr. Kempe, our children are much safer today with countless lives saved.

the Need

Nearly 800,000 children are reported as having been abused or neglected in this country each year. This includes 11,000 in Colorado alone. But child abuse is not a hopeless cause. We see success stories every day.


The Center’s programs serve more than 1,500 children and families in Colorado, serve as models across the country to treat more children, and answers over 3,000 inquiries from professionals. The Center also educates and trains thousands of professionals each year across the country.


The Center has produced more than 200 research articles that have made a difference in public policy, have created awareness and knowledge about child abuse and neglect, and have assisted professionals in providing better diagnoses, treatment and support to victims and families.

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Celebrating All Year

Throughout 2022, the accomplishments and milestones of both the Kempe Center and Foundation will be highlighted to recognize the 50th anniversary of the inception of the Center. We will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Henry Kempe who would have turned 100 years old on April 6, 2022. During the month of April, which is Childhood Abuse Awareness Month, Dr. Kempe’s legacy will live on.

Check back with us in the coming weeks and months for other ways we’re celebrating Dr. Henry Kempe’s amazing legacy. 

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