Denver Children's Home

aka DCH   |   Denver, CO   |


Denver Children's Home restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational, and community-based services.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Dr. Rebecca Hea

Main address

1501 Albion Street

Denver, CO 80220 USA

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Formerly known as

Denver Orphan's Home



NTEE code info

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Abuse and neglect impacts more than 37,000 children a year in Colorado, and overwhelmingly affects low income families. We serve a significantly challenged population; we care for the State's traumatized, abused, and neglected children. 98% of the children at Denver Children’s Home come from families whose income levels are below federal poverty guidelines. Typically, 60-70% of clients identify as male while 30-40% identify as female. Before entering services, 31% of clients resided with foster families or group homes; 14% were in kinship care; 6% with Adoptive families and 49% with biological parents. By the time our clients reach us, more than a third have been involved with the Juvenile Justice System, the majority has passed through the social services system and most have failed in one or more academic and/or mental health settings.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Services

Children and teens admitted to our Residential Program have experienced trauma, abuse, severe neglect, and are diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Children and teens ages 9 to 18 reside in five dormitories each with a common area and bathroom. Dorms have air conditioning and heating. Round the clock staffing (including awake staff overnight) ensure the safety and health of clients. Children attend our accredited on-site school, The Bansbach Academy.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work


Accredited Charity 2022

Better Business Bureau

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Accreditation 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

The # and % of cases with an improvement in CAFAS Total Score of 20 points or greater.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Residential Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

For the year ended 12/31/23, the number of children served approached pre-Pandemic levels yet the length of treatment provision for each client continued to exceeded previous norms.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overarching goal is for clients to realize increased mental health functioning. To accomplish this, Denver Children's Home will:
• Provide the most effective, but least restrictive treatment based on individual needs of each child;
• Prepare every student to find success in our complex society by providing an effective and differentiated educational experience;
• Progress children, even those with the most serious mental health disorders, through various levels of care and eventually return them home or to an alternative community-based setting;
• Offer a positive alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, combining intensive therapy, individualized academic support, and advanced drug treatments for biologically based mental illnesses;
• Help children take ownership of their treatment; understand their reactions and responses to life events, accept responsibility for their actions, control their behavior and develop coping mechanisms for difficulties beyond their control; and,
• Help families and caregivers gain access to support.

We offer a 24/7 on site Residential Program; a fully accredited and integrated school, The Bansbach Academy (accredited by Advanced Ed and the Colorado Department of Education); a Daytime Treatment Program; a transitional, semi-independent group home for adolescents ages 14 to 18 called Discovery Home and will add a second semi-independent residence, Inspire Home in early 2023; Community Based Services including an Intensive In-Home Program, and Outpatient Services that provides advocacy, and support-like referrals and Family Needs Assessments to clients being served in our other programs as well as community members at large; and an Assessment Program that offers resources for both children and adults who are interested in learning more about themselves and their current issues.

Denver Children's Home considers itself a learning organization. We view evaluation as a critical component of program management. The overall desired outcome for all programs is increased mental health functioning for our clients, and we measure this using an assessment tool called the Child And Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS). This tool is considered the gold standard for assessing a youth's day-to-day functioning across critical life subscales and for determining whether a youth's functioning improves over time. This is a newer tool for Denver Children's Home, and we continue to implementing it. First year results have been incredibly positive. We take baseline data for every new client and then re-assess at certain predetermined periods in a client's treatment. The CAFAS increases our confidence, as an agency and as providers, that we capture the complexity of our impact on children's safety, health and wellness. In addition, our electronic health records system, Bluestep, tracks clients' progress and overall response to interventions and programming. Bluestep captures demographics, treatment plans and progress toward goals, education plans and other interventions. We utilize daily behavioral tracking to monitor Residential and Day Treatment clients' progress on individualized treatment plans and targeted behaviors. We also monitor the use of low level interventions as well as suspensions and physical managements. Finally, we conduct discharge surveys to monitor our impact on the client and family over time, offer clients the opportunity to self-report their progress, and track the level of intervention needed post-treatment. We also measure successful discharges from treatment or decreases in the intensity of treatment that result in the child's ability to achieve goals in a less restrictive manner.

Major accomplishments include the following:

Residential clients each received one hour of individual therapy and one hour of family therapy (as possible and appropriate depending on custody circumstances) each week. They also participated in about three therapeutic groups each week including music or art therapy, yoga, ropes course, process and skill building group or animal-assisted therapeutic group (canine and equine).

Daytime Treatment clients received one hour of individual therapy and one hour of family therapy each week. If there was no viable family, the client received two hours of individual therapy.

All clients receive intensive case management and crisis management that involves the full systems around clients. The system may include the child, family members or guardians, case workers, CASA representatives (court appointed special advocate), GAL (Guardian ad Litem: a volunteer appointed by the court to protect the rights and advocate the best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding), private therapists and more.

Bansbach Academy provided each client with 32 hours of educational programming a week including six hours of Affective Education. Affective Education is a course for at-risk students that addresses their ability to identify, discuss and practice fourteen character traits: caring, cooperation, courage, goal setting, honesty, humanity, patience, perseverance, respect, responsibility, self-control, self-esteem, service, and integrity.

In addition to the facility-based services, we also provide community-based services including Intensive In-Home Therapy and programs based out of our Family Resource Center. In fiscal year 2023, we've achieved the following:
• 27 Family Needs Assessments were completed or are in progress for families in treatment at DCH

In the past year, we've grown as an organization. We added a new facilities consultant who has strengthened operations and we restructured key leadership and management roles to better support the programs. Denver Children's Home has also continued work on its strategic review of programs and corresponding space needs with an eye toward potential changes in our buildings and grounds.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Denver Children's Home

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Denver Children's Home

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rob Anderson


Term: 2023 - 2024

Marie Aberger

Be Clear

Matthew A. Archuletta

The Beck Group

Jon-Erik Borgen

Borgen Investment Group, Inc.

Neha Patel Caiozzi


Marti Champion

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Laurence Chang

Private Investor

Christina K. Dinegar

University of Denver

Roger Fesmire


Robin Finegan

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.