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Denver and Jeffco partner with Savio House to prevent child abuse through SafeCare Colorado

Denver Human Services and Jefferson County Human Services announced its partnership with Savio House as it implements SafeCare Colorado, an evidence-based model the Colorado Department of Human Services has embraced to build stronger families, while preventing child abuse and neglect. 

“SafeCare Colorado aligns with our mission to prevent child abuse and neglect,” Jeffrey Holliday, Denver Human Services Deputy Manager said. “This program enables us to build stronger families, while giving parents tools to raise their kids in a loving, caring environment. Savio House has a great reputation with families and are pleased they are partnering with as we strive to expand our child abuse prevention efforts.”

“Jefferson County is excited to participate in the delivery of SafeCare Colorado services as a part of this collaborative effort to strengthen families and assist parents for caring for their young children and to expand prevention services in the State of Colorado.” Mary Berg, Jefferson County Deputy Director said.

Savio House will employ six full-time SafeCare Colorado program employees that will work with Denver and Jefferson County families over the next three years. Human Services will refer at-risk families to Savio House where they will have an opportunity to voluntarily participate in the program. The Colorado Department of Human Services plans to serve 600 families in the inaugural year.

“SafeCare Colorado is designed to be a program that protects and keeps families intact,” William Hildenbrand, Savio House Executive Director said. “We are pleased to partner with Denver and Jeffco in their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect before it becomes a problem.”

Last week, Denver and Jefferson counties joined Cheyenne, Dolores, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Morgan, Phillips, San Juan, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma, and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes to implement SafeCare Colorado.