Rewiring

In 2019, we began leading a collaborative statewide initiative called Rewiring, which seeks to ensure that families remain safely together and eventually reduce the number of children and families involved with the child welfare system.

Rewiring provides earlier support for children and families, prevents and diverts families from entering child welfare, and allows us to follow the children we work with into adulthood.

Rewiring Stats:

98

of community-based children remained in their homes

98

of community-based children avoided hospitalization - $5.5M per year (est) in avoided hospitalizations

95

of community-based children avoided police contact - $2M per year (est) in avoided police contacts

84

of philanthropic dollars converted into public funding by No Kid Waits


Rewiring, an audacious collaborative initiative, seeks to ensure that families remain safely together and eventually reduce the number of children and families involved with the child welfare system.


Rewiring strategically deploys public and private funds to ultimately yield a system that prevents children and families from having to “get worse” before becoming eligible to receive the help they need. Shifting dollars from high-cost, late-stage interventions to lower-cost, preventative support will save money and will improve outcomes for kids, families, and society.

Rewiring drives this radical system update through targeted programmatic and financial support to advance a system of child wellbeing that:

  • Promotes health and wellbeing for children by providing consistent, universally available supports to all families to help them thrive (what is commonly referred to as primary prevention);
  • Provides the right supports at the right time to those who may be at risk of child welfare involvement (what is commonly referred to as secondary prevention); and
  • Provides support to families who do need to utilize child welfare that ensures a sustainable exit from the system.

Within 3-5 years, Rewiring will:

  • Demonstrate practical, county-tested road maps that show how the Rewiring of funding and policy can update the system and sustainably reduce the number of children and families entering it. These proofs of concept will be scalable and replicable across Colorado and beyond; and
  • Reduce trauma across Colorado and beyond as families no longer need to “get worse” to get the support they need.

Current Rewiring Counties – Phase I

Rewiring-counties

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Contact Megan Vogels, Chief Strategy Officer | 720-855-3410 | megan.vogels@tennysoncenter.org