Our Mission

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

Denver Children’s Home provides a comprehensive therapeutic and educational continuum of care for our region’s abused, neglected and traumatized children and their families with mental health issues. We offer prevention, intervention, and treatment programs grounded in trauma-informed care and the latest in brain-development research.

We help children using proven, evidence-based treatment and prevention practices that guide our program planning and treatment strategies. Denver Children's Home is a pioneer in using brain-based research and trauma informed care. We utilize positive behavior incentive programs and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) to equip children and teens with knowledge and skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

We Strive To:

  • Provide the most effective, but least restrictive treatment based on individual needs of each child;

  • 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; to 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;

  • Help families and caregivers gain access to the support and services they need to stabilize families. 

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 boys ages 14 to 18 called Discovery Home; Community Based Services including an Intensive In-Home Program, Outpatient Services and the Family Resource Center which provides classes, 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. 

Our clients overwhelmingly come to us based on referrals from county social services, schools, community mental health providers, hospitals and juvenile justice organizations. Most of our clients struggle in school or have stopped attending altogether. Clients are all at risk of school failure and dropout. 98% of clients qualify as low income.

I feel so fortunate to witness kids lives being transformed every day. This is such a special place.
— DCH Staff Member, 2016