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.
Policy areas of expertise and interest
Child abuse and neglect / prevention / training
Child and family mental and behavioral health
Child maltreatment / prevention / training
Child sex assault care / training / prevention
Child welfare / prevention / training
Family strengthening / training
Foster care / Foster parent training
Human Services workforce recruitment and retention
Policy areas of expertise and interest:
Youth and family mental health intervention programs
Youth criminal justice reform
Summer 2022 - Advocacy Efforts
On June 7th, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed bills into law to help Coloradans keep more of their hard-earned money, ensure all Coloradans can live and thrive in safe and healthy communities, and support cutting-edge technology to drive innovation in Colorado’s thriving agriculture industry.
Supporting Legislation for Children’s Mental Health
In 2021, the Kempe Foundation actively supported the passage of several bills to expand mental and behavioral health services for children and youth in Colorado, including House Bill 1097 to establish the Behavioral Health Administration and Senate Bill 154 to implement the 988 national suicide prevention lifeline network in Colorado.
Establishing the CARE Network
The Kempe Foundation advocated for House Bill 1133 which became law in 2019. This created Colorado’s Child Abuse Response and Evaluation (CARE) Network, building local capacity to identify child trauma and provide quality medical and behavioral assessments for suspected victims of child abuse and neglect.
Securing Funding for Statewide Training & Prevention Programs
The Kempe Foundation led efforts to secure $6,797,102 in funding for the Child Welfare Training System in the FY 2020-21 State of Colorado budget, and $5,447,875 for the ongoing implementation of SafeCare in the FY 2016-17 State of Colorado budget.