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Connecting with Communities

The Kempe Center partners with numerous communities in many ways including convenings, conferences, site visits, consultations.

These communities are located across Colorado, other states, and in international locales. Some are comprised of academic, clinical, governmental, and practicing partners. We collaborate with community facing non-profits and leaders, with foundations, and others who serve children and families. In many communities, we partner with the residents and people who have been impacted by the child welfare system. We endeavor to co-create a world where every child and family thrives.

The Kempe Center strives to foster thriving communities to prevent the need for children and families entering the child welfare system. We work to ensure that child welfare systems are evidence based, use the latest and best practices, and use curiosity and humility to shape our collective services, dismantle inequities, advance justice, and offer an array of culturally relevant and effective services.

Our yearly virtual conference and Radio Kempe focus on improving the systems that serve families. Our KIDS (Kempe Inter-Disciplinary Staffing) consultation service provides expert opinions on complex child welfare cases, working with systems and families, and through an equity lens. 

Conferences, Events & Programs


Heading into the Next 50 Years

To transition the Kempe Center into the next fifty years of dedicated service, we hosted our first Ignite event in January 2023 for participants to learn about the innovative research conducted by current Kempe faculty at this exciting event. At this fast-paced and engaging event, researchers communicated the most important aspects of their work in an accessible and energizing presentation format. Attendees had an opportunity to hear about how Kempe aims to support children, youth and families through rigorous and transformational research.

Radio Kempe

Get Curious & Tune In

Radio Kempe is 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! Do you have a topic that you would like to hear from Radio Kempe? Please email us at 
[email protected].

Kempe Summer Institute

Courses from Experts in the Field of Child Maltreatment

The Kempe Center was excited to host our three coordinated in-person courses on August 14-18, 2023. We featured a state-of-the-art opportunity to learn and are combined with intensive mentoring by national and international experts in the field of child maltreatment. Whether you are a child abuse fellow getting oriented to research (Course 1), a graduate student who wants to better understand where your research fits in this complex and ever-changing field from a social welfare perspective (Course 2), or a graduate student seeking to learn how to evaluate large scale primary preventive intervention programs and policies from a public health perspective (Course 3), these courses are designed to help move you to the next stage in your career development. Course credit, for all three courses, is available from the Colorado School of Public Health. We look forward to hosting these courses in 2024.