About Children First Of The Rockies
Our vision is that all families nurture children. We wish we didn’t have to exist, but we do.
The services of the Children First of the Rockies are designed to help clients, specifically families in conflict or crisis, improve their quality of life and ensure the safety and well-being of children. Our goals are to provide a nurturing environment in which parents learn better parenting skills and provide a safe, secure place for supervised parenting time visits and exchanges. We are the only nonprofit agency in Boulder County offering SAFE Services.
Though we began as The St. Vrain Valley Parenting Center, founded as an umbrella of Parenting Place in Boulder in 1998, to offer parent support and education to promote the healthy development of children, Children First of the Rockies became much more after obtaining its 501(c)(3) in October of 1999. On January 26, 2000, Annie and her children, six-year-old Levi and fifteen-month-old Emma, were killed by her ex-husband when she dropped the children off for a visit with their father. This tragedy prompted community representatives from the court, law enforcement, legal system, and mental health to form a task force to address the critical issue of how escalating violence between separated and divorced parents was affecting children in those families.
Since 2001, our Parent Education and SAFE Services Programs have emphasized both crisis prevention and intervention of the trauma and harm children experience due to domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, conflict in divorce, and a many other risk issues.
Through this program we support and educate parents in order to prevent neglect and abuse and encourage nurturing parenting that will promote healthy child development. Our Nurturing Parenting class (English and Spanish) is a court-approved curriculum offering a family-centered approach to build parenting skills and practices. Boot Camp for New Dads inspires and equips men to become confidently engaged with their infants and children, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads. Our Young Moms Group provide support to young women and men 23 years of age and younger.
Through our SAFE Exchanges we deal with the issues associated with conflict between parents. Exchanges consist of parents dropping off and picking up children with a 15 minute interval between the exchanges so there is no meeting between the two adults. The opportunity provided by SAFE Exchange services is to eliminate triggers between the two parents that could have unhappy, unsafe, and harmful impact on the child.
We also offer Supervised Parenting Time (SPT) to support families in crisis where parenting is an issue. In providing this service, our staff observes and records these observations of non-custodial parents’ interactions with their children for periods of one to two hours during visits. The opportunity we provide with this service is the elimination of re-victimization of the child by the parent.
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