Our vision is to create a world without abuse and neglect
The Kempe 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 48 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.
Our vision is a world without abuse and neglect.
Faculty for this two-day virtual intensive training include child abuse providers and community pediatric, nursing, and behavioral health experts. The curriculum provides education on the recognition, reporting and referral of child abuse. This two-day training is designed to help medical professionals provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art forensic evaluations to children who may be the victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. Register Now!
The Kempe Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute (held virtually this year) aims to better prepare researchers to apply for NIH and other support for their work and to ensure that practitioners are using the best evidence available to structure interventions that are contributing to the evidence base through well-designed evaluations. Instructors include faculty from Kempe and several other leading research organizations and universities. Register Now!
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Radio Kempe is a podcast here to connect you with the information you need to tackle current issues. Join us as we talk about difficult topics. Help us as we test assumptions to disrupt traditional ways of thinking. Get curious, tune in, and join us on the journey to prevent child abuse and neglect every month of the year!
Episode 1: To Trouble the Comfortable and Comfort the Troubled: Championing the Voices of Families. Join us as we have a conversation with Vivek Sankaran, Clinical Professor of Law at The University of Michigan Law School and a leading advocate for child welfare reform. Listen to his experience developing a new approach to helping families that focuses on preventative interventions instead of reactions. What if lawyers could intervene before a separation is made? What does it mean to be a champion for the voices of those who are in the system? What could cases look like if families had the opportunity to assert their rights? Accept the call to be bold and listen now to learn more!
Kempe’s Café will provide you and your helping professional colleagues, a free, virtual learning space - One we hope will become a catalyst for relationship, resourcing, and connection. We will host a Café on the last Thursday of every month at 10 AM (mountain). Every session will focus on different topics relevant to you. Registration links will be sent each Monday before the Café. Your presence matters.
We are excited to announce that in place of a May cafe we are releasing recordings of many of our previous sessions in our new Kempe Café Video Library. Visit to watch now!
This moving picture book for older children and families (written by Professor Warren Binford, Director for Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy, The Kempe Center and W.H. Lea for Justice Endowed Chair in Pediatric Law, Ethics and Policy, CU Anschutz) introduces a difficult topic, amplifying the voices and experiences of immigrant children detained at the Mexico/US border by using the children's actual words. Publisher’s Weekly says “This is a heartrending but vital work.” Reserve your copy and don’t miss the release on Tuesday, April 13th!
The 2021 Call for Proposals is now open for Kempe’s International Virtual Conference, A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare! October 4 -7, 2021. Are you a champion for change? The Kempe Conference Team is currently reaching out to bold, innovative, cutting-edge, and out-of-the-box thinking professionals in our field who are committed to transforming systems and communities. If you want to change child welfare and be part of the solution, you won’t want to miss being a part of this event. Submit your proposal today!