Turning the child welfare system upside down in Colorado isn’t easy, or cheap (CO Sun)

The 2018 law, called the Family First Prevention Services Act, is based on a simple premise: It’s healthier for children to live with relatives or in families than in what’s called “congregate care.”

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Opinion: Make a difference in the life of a child in need. Become a special advocate (CO Sun)

“…our brave guest paused and, with sadness mixed with a touch of anger, said she spends every waking moment ‘trying to shed the shackles of the child welfare system. Every. Day.’”

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From the CO Sun: Let’s help struggling families before bad situations spiral into abuse and neglect

The depth of trauma each child has experienced is significant. The abuse is profound and their case files are not easy to read. I meet many of these children and see the pain on their faces, in their eyes, in their mannerisms and in their behaviors — which range literally across the spectrum from angry and violent to meek and silent.

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"Rewiring Child Welfare in Colorado" fr. Chronicle of Social Change

What troubles me the most are the missed opportunities along each child’s bumpy path prior to becoming child welfare involved; moments in time where alternatives could have been explored.

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Police Contacts in Denver and Boulder Counties: Celebrating 62%

“…numbers don’t tell us the story, or any story at all. They tell us where to look for the story—and the story within the story.”

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With Everyone...Forever

I believe we can build the world that we all imagine. Where forgiveness and hope, reconciliation and healing, flood over us and cleanse us all.

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Rewiring Child Welfare

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HB18 - 1003: The Opioid Prevention Program to Improve Young Lives

On March 13th, Tennyson Center CEO, Ned Breslin, was asked to testify to the Colorado General Assembly regarding the opioid crisis and the effects we see on the children and families we serve at Tennyson Center.


Trauma Doesn't Take Summer Vacation

At Tennyson Center, our staff maintains engaging and effective programming through the summer months to address this challenge. We employ trauma-informed, experiential learning techniques such as our “Challenge by Choice” initiative that combines therapeutic support with Outward Bound-style adventures; horticulture through our healing garden and theme-based instruction like sports, electronics and others. Our Acute Skills for People with Emotional Needs (ASPEN) program also maintains meaningful programming in the summer for kids with autism spectrum and intellectual/developmental disorders.

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Imagine your child has been struggling for months. Perhaps aggression, perhaps suicidal ideation, perhaps defiance or depression. He is in trouble at school, fighting with siblings, causing stress on your marriage and on the whole family. On top of that, you’re in danger of losing your job from having to take off work to help with crises all the time. You don’t have many supports and the bills are piling up. Finally you get referred for therapy services- only to find out that first you will have to wait 6-8 weeks on a waitlist. You know there is no way you and your child will be able to maintain for that long. The way things have been going, your child may end up in the hospital or in police custody soon, or you may lose your job. You simply cannot wait…

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Tennyson Guest Blog on CO4Kids!

There aren’t any cookie-cutter kids. Join us in refusing to give them cookie-cutter services. Read our guest blog post on CO4Kids

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Lettuce Turnip the Beet...On Science Education

Since last spring, students have participated in growing their own food by planting, watering, and weeding the garden. As we embark on a new school year, we will continue to use this space as a laboratory for hands-on learning.


A Sea of Blue at Tennyson Center

I did my best to prepare myself for the emotions I would feel on that Saturday, but nothing can prepare you for the emotion you feel when the buses arrive. The energy was positive and powerful. People were excited and ready to work. They asked questions of our programs and services, wanting to know about our kiddos and the positive impact they would be making.

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Reflections on an Important and Emotional Month

I imagine there are too many kids in trouble still hiding under beds, trying to disappear into their covers or closets, not sleeping for fear that someone will walk in on them at night as happened before, and whose terror level rises as their parents enter darker alcohol and drug induced mindsets that truly put kids’ lives and wellbeing at risk.