The Kempe Foundation works with experts, advocates and community members to advance solutions that improve the lives of children and families.

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 Expertise

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

Child and Family Rights 

Child Law, Policy, and Ethics 

Child-Friendly Cities and Communities 

Child Safety Online

Family strengthening / training

Foster care / Foster parent training

Human Services workforce recruitment and retention

Youth and family mental health intervention programs

Youth criminal justice reform

Summer 2023 - Advocacy Efforts

In July, Warren Binford, Steve Berkowitz, Kathi Wells, and Jon Kruljac were in Washington, D.C., to discuss national advocacy issues supporting children and families and to survey the landscape on how Kempe could be a resource for various stakeholders. They met with staff and members of the Colorado delegation including Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen, other policymakers, and thought leaders identifying priorities for improvement in child wellbeing.

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Victim and Survivor Training For Judicial Personnel

Jon Kruljac, The Kempe Foundation’s CEO joined the signing of HB23-1108, Victim and Survivor Training For Judicial Personnel being signed by Lieutenant Governor Primavera. HB23-1108 better equips the judicial system and judicial personnel with the tools needed to understand the complex issues faced by victims of crimes like sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. 

Colorado Fostering Success Voucher Program

 Bill SB23-082 Colorado Fostering Success Voucher Program, was signed this summer. Jon Kruljac, CEO of the Kempe Foundation provided testimony in support of SB23-082 in front of the Health & Human Services committee during the legislative session. The act establishes the Colorado fostering success voucher program (program) in the department of human services (DHS). The purpose of the program is to provide housing vouchers and case management services to eligible youth.

Testifying at the CO State Capitol

On August 22, during a meeting at the CO State Capitol, the Kempe Foundation & Kempe Center experts testified on challenges & potential solutions for evidence-based child maltreatment prevention. The Kempe Foundation leadership facilitated this advocacy work.

From left to right in the photo below: Kempe Center Colleagues Sue Kerns, Michelle Davis, Kathy Wells, MD & Kendall Marlowe

Other Bill Signings

On June 5, 2023, Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 23-1269 to improve outcomes for kids with complex mental health needs HB23-1024 Relative And Kin Placement Of A Child. Jon Kruljac, CEO of the Kempe Foundation, was present at this signing.

The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez with Senators Jeff Bridges and Bob Gardner, and unanimously passed by the Colorado State Senate.