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.
Expertise to conduct medical exams and behavioral health assessments to evaluate suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is extremely limited. The CARE Network's aim is to increase local capacity by building appropriate infrastructure to provide technical assistance and resources through a state-funded program that develops and maintains a standardized, coordinated response to suspected child abuse and neglect through a network of designated healthcare providers.
The Kempe Research Institute (Spring Course - Virtual) is designed for practitioners working in community-based settings with a focus on child health and welfare and for practice-focused graduate students. Regardless of whether you are working in a resource-poor, low-income country or setting or another type of environment, the principles of evaluation are the same. Instructors include faculty from Kempe and several other leading research organizations and universities.
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On October 4 – 7th, 2021 we convened Kempe’s International Virtual Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare! 1750 people from over 20 countries gathered, shared, learned, and formed an international community of practice. Did you miss A Call to Action to Change Child welfare? You can now access the on-demand video archive for a flat $100 fee! Receive login access for one year to our CrowdCompass Online Event center where you can view the 300 hours of groundbreaking learning generated from this 4-day event! Enjoy all Keynotes & Workshops on your own time and receive notifications about future e-learning offerings for the A Call to Action international community of practice. This is truly the most radical and innovative conference in town. It’s genuinely about change and doing something very different with Child Welfare policy and practice. Join the movement to re-envision and rethink child welfare by connecting communities that lift up child and family well-being and social and community justice! Those who registered for and attended the conference have access to the On-Demand Video Archive and can login with the email used for registration. #kempeaction2021
We are partnering with the Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research to connect prevention workers with the latest science on protecting children. This program provides free monthly webinars designed for those working in public health organizations, social services, child welfare, and the non-profit sector. These virtual learning experiences feature researchers working on various topics in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Those working in prevention can learn more about the latest scientific research to apply in their work, while also helping to inform researchers about on-the-ground issues and priorities. These webinars are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. MT (10:00 a.m. PT, 1:00 p.m. ET).
Radio Kempe brought you a special three-part series this past September. Throughout the month there were two podcast episodes and one interactive virtual Café on September, 23rd as we introduced you to Amnoni Myers, an advocate for elevating the voice of those with lived experience in child welfare.Where the Light Beams Part 2: Amnoni Calls Us Forth! In the first podcast episode of Where the Light Beams, Radio Kempe introduced you to Amnoni Myers and her journey as she transitioned from the foster care system to a career inspired by her experiences advocating for children. The second episode was inspired by her call to action to act from a place of dignity and respect by actively listening to young people's voices and utilizing their individual experiences to fuel change in the child welfare system. We know that there is no one path to success for children. Amnoni called us to meet young people where they are to determine the actions that are right for them. What if we acknowledged that we do not have all of the answers? What if we decided that the people we are trying to save have the ability to save themselves? What would it look like to co-create with these communities, and how would this perspective help us serve with dignity and respect? Tune in to join the conversation! A big thanks to Amnoni and our friends at The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, who helped make this happen.
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. Every day, children in migration are detained at the US-Mexico border. They are scared, alone, and their lives are in limbo. Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz shares the stories of 61 these children, from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico, ranging in age from five to seventeen—in their own words from actual sworn testimonies. Befitting the spirit of the project, the book is in English on one side; then flip it over, and there's a complete Spanish version.