Since 1986, ChildSafe has been helping individuals find their voice and inner strength to put them on a path to healing. We also work to educate families and loved ones on how to provide the right support for traumatized children.
ChildSafe was founded out of a need for a comprehensive, community-based response to child sexual abuse. Executive Director Valerie Macri-Lind remembers it this way: "We began the program with ten victims and their families as part of our private practices, and we soon realized that there were far more children and families needing this service than we had ever imagined...”
In 1998, the organization was converted to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so that we could pursue grant funding for the growing number of clients with limited financial resources. Since that time we have operated as a nonprofit organization governed by an active board of directors who provide oversight, governance, and fundraising.
Today, ChildSafe is Northern Colorado's only comprehensive outpatient treatment program for child and adult victims of childhood abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, and their non-offending family members. We treat over eight hundred clients every year.
Our program combines group, individual, and family therapy to heal the trauma from sexual abuse. We also provide in-service training and consultation to area professionals and community groups on child sexual abuse issues.
MISSION AND VISION
We believe in a comprehensive, community-based approach to the problem of child sexual abuse. We coordinate services with law enforcement, child protection agencies, schools, medical professionals, and other mental health providers to ensure that our client’s rights and privacy are protected throughout each stage of the process.
• Repair the damage done to victims and their families
• Reduce the risk of re-victimization
• Prevent the cycle of abuse from carrying over into future generations