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.
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.