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The services of the Children First of the Rockies are designed to help clients, specifically families in conflict or crisis, improve their quality of life and ensure the safety and well-being of children. Our goals are to provide a nurturing environment in which parents learn better parenting skills and provide a safe, secure place for supervised parenting time visits and exchanges. We are the only nonprofit agency in Boulder County offering SAFE Services.
Though we began as The St. Vrain Valley Parenting Center, founded as an umbrella of Parenting Place in Boulder in 1998, to offer parent support and education to promote the healthy development of children, Children First of the Rockies became much more after obtaining its 501(c)(3) in October of 1999. On January 26, 2000, Annie and her children, Levi, who was three-months shy of his sixth birthday, and fifteen-month-old Emma, were killed by her ex-husband when she dropped the children off for a court-ordered visit with their father. This tragedy prompted community representatives from the court, law enforcement, legal system, and mental health to form a task force to address the critical issue of how escalating violence between separated and divorced parents was affecting children in those families.
Since 2001, our Parent Education and SAFE Services Programs have emphasized both crisis prevention and intervention of the trauma and harm children experience due to domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, conflict in divorce, and a many other risk issues.