If today is like any other day, three children will die because of abuse or neglect. Approximately three million cases of child abuse are reported each year in this country and nearly three times that many go unreported. An estimated 1,500 children died due to abuse or neglect during 2006. Children aren't the only victims when abuse occurs; when children are abused or neglected, we all suffer.
The Friends of Kids in Crisis ("Friends") is a registered Colorado non-profit agency and is staffed solely by volunteers. Nearly 97% of our donations go directly to the support of abused and neglected children.
The Friends was founded in 1997, when concerned individuals from the community identified a need to support The Family Crisis Center and other local children's charitable organizations. The Family Crisis Center is located in Denver and currently shelters children ages 10 to 18 whose lives have been impacted by abuse or neglect. The Family Crisis Center seeks to provide new opportunities for children and adolescents that will enhance their lives and ability to function in the community.
While at the Family Crisis Center, children have access to medical care, mental health treatment, onsite schooling, family counseling and visitation. In the
2007-2008 fiscal year 800 children received varying levels of care or
treatment at the Family Crisis Center.
The Friends primary goal is to improve conditions for children who have been impacted by abuse or neglect. The organization is a strengthening force in the increasing battle against child abuse and neglect. But, we can only continue our cause if we receive ongoing financial support and assistance from the community.
Friends' Mission Statement
The Friends of Kids in Crisis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating caring, nurturing and child-friendly environments for abused and neglected children in the Denver area, including those sheltered at the Family Crisis Center.
Maintain its existing relationship with the Family Crisis Center to provide a child-friendly living environment and improve life skills of abused and neglected children.
Develop on-going partnerships with Denver area shelters, caregivers, and service providers that are dedicated to preventing child abuse, as well as protecting and enhancing the lives of abused and neglected children.
Raise funds and provide financial resources to Denver-area organizations who are effectively advocating for children in the areas of abuse prevention and enhancement of the lives of those children who are impacted by abuse or neglect.
Assure financial accountability and transparency to demonstrate accurate reporting and prudent deployment of all donations.
Provide a communication link to media and businesses in Denver to increase community awareness and advocacy of the victims of child abuse and neglect.