What does it mean to say we want to “Stand in the Gap” for kids? It means that while Colorado has a great system to support kids and families experiencing or at risk of trauma, child abuse or neglect, there are still gaps. All of us need to work together in a fundamentally different way to fill them.
In 2018, Tennyson Center for Children began hosting a series of frank, powerful discussions called the Stand in the Gap. The series highlights the “gaps” in the system as well as the individuals and organizations working to fill them every day. The video series is paired with an action-oriented Facebook Group that dives even deeper into specific child welfare issues facing our state.
Season 1’s episodes were streamed live and were hosted from pivotal locations in our community—such as the Denver Art Museum, Pride Parade, Prodigy Coffee House, and others—and were broadcast via Facebook to thousands across Colorado and the United States. They featured honest conversations with experts, families, foster parents, caseworkers, advocates, and others who were involved with child welfare in our state in some way, whether as workers, clients, or non-sector allies.
Season 2’s episodes will dive deeper into the stories of child welfare across Colorado and beyond, using more of a documentary-style approach.
Mimi Scheuermann of Denver Human Services on Strengthening Families | Stand in the GapNow the Director of the Child Welfare Division for Denver Human Services, former caseworker Mimi Scheuermann explains why she believes focusing on strengthening families and keeping them intact is so important.
The next step? Identifying gaps in Colorado's child welfare system by better connecting service providers to the families who need them most. That's what #StandInTheGapCO is all about.
Learn more about the initiative here: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/stand-in-the-gap-co/
Stand in the Gap, Episode 1: The State of Child Welfare in ColoradoWelcome to the first in a series of frank, powerful Facebook Live broadcasts on the state of Colorado's child welfare system. We're calling it Stand in the Gap.
In Episode 1, we were joined by Project Foster Power, two of our own clinicians and Denver Human Services Child Welfare Director Mimi Scheuermann to talk about how we can begin filling some of the gaps in our system, with an emphasis foster care.
Learn more about #StandInTheGapCO here: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/stand-in-the-gap-co/
Tennyson Center Stand in the Gap Live Show TrailerWhat does it mean to say we want to “Stand in the Gap” for kids? It means that while Colorado has a great system to support kids and families experiencing or at risk of trauma, child abuse or neglect, there are still gaps. All of us need to work together in a fundamentally different way to fill them.
That’s why, in late 2018, Tennyson Center for Children will begin hosting a series of frank, powerful discussions that we’re calling the Stand in the Gap Live Sessions, beginning with the first episode, which will be broadcast live on Facebook on Oct. 30 from 12-12:45 PM.
Denver artist KerrieJoy will be one of the show's first guests, and we were overjoyed to have her write and perform a poem for the occasion, which is the subject of this trailer.
Learn more about the #StandInTheGapCO movement here: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/stand-in-the-gap-co/
Project Foster Power Provide Outlet, Voice for At-Risk Youth | Stand in the GapProject Foster Power is a Colorado advocacy group for young people, ages 15 to 25, who have previously experienced or are currently in the foster care system.
With the support of Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, their authentic voices and passion are infectious. And they seek to reshape the way children experiencing trauma travel, heal and ultimately thrive.
This is what #StandInTheGapCO is all about. Click to learn more about the initiative and take action: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/stand-in-the-gap-co/
KerrieJoy, "Conspicuous" | Stand in the Gap Slam PoemDenver artist KerrieJoy came to the Tennyson Center for Children, spent time with our childhood victims of abuse, trauma and neglect and listened to their stories — and their stories spoke to her. That is what inspired this tremendous poem. It speaks to all of us, and cuts to our souls.
KerrieJoy asks her audience to walk with us — individuals who are moving through and working within Colorado’s child welfare system. And that’s exactly what we’re working towards with #StandInTheGapCO.
Join us as we work to illuminate not only the challenges our child welfare system faces, but the people and organizations who are walking with children to a better future. Learn more here: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/stand-in-the-gap-co/
Stand in the Gap, Episode 5: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child WelfareHow can we better support LGBTQ youth engaged in the child welfare system?
We explored that on this month's #StandInTheGapCO broadcast, live from Denver Pride.
We were graced by the stories and experiences of our guest, Ryan Ayala, one of the hosts of "Outsources" on KGNU Community Radio.
Learn more about the series here: https://www.tennysoncenter.org/stand-in-the-gap-co/
Stand in the Gap, Episode 3: Importance of CASAsCASAs are court-appointed special advocates for kids, and we need more of them.
In Episode 3 of #StandInTheGapCO, we talk to Colorado CASA's Jenny Bender and Jewel Arledge, a former foster child who says she owes a 180-degree life turn to a CASA. She now wants to become a CASA. Anyone who cares about kids can do the same.
SIG Episode 2 - Illuminate
Stand in the Gap Episode 4: Prodigy Coffeehouse
Stand in the Gap Episode 6: Children of Color, 1
SIG Episode 7: Children of Color Pt 2
Stand in the Gap Episode 8: RAD Advocates
Creating Better Outcomes for At-Risk Youth
Our goal for these sessions will both help people to understand how the child welfare system currently works and open a dialogue around how we can work together, as a community, to create even better outcomes for children and families who are either at-risk or have endured trauma.
Sector leaders are forging ahead with new ideas and programs set to tackle current challenges in Colorado’s child welfare system, and “Standing in the Gap” will illuminate these initiatives and highlight ways people interested in standing in support of children can engage to make Colorado even better.