River Bridge Voices: Let the Words Fall Out

Welcome to River Bridge Regional Center's Blog. A space to share stories, experiences, and the perspective of children and families who utilize our services, the staff who work here, and other professionals dedicated to fighting child abuse.   



  • A Story of Pain, Healing, and Hope Child abuse knows no demographic; no gender, race, or socioeconomic status.  It is difficult to think about, even harder to talk about, yet it affects millions of children every year.  River Bridge is excited to bring Marilyn Van Derbur to Edwards on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. Marilyn’s story shows us that child abuse can happen in any home and teaches us the power of breaking the silence.  The power for a child to come forward and talk about abuse, the power to overcome, survive, and stand without stigma, and the power to prevent abuse from happening to other children.  Marilyn Van Derbur’s family was a part of Denver’s elite.  Her father was a millionaire socialite and pillar ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:29 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • Meet Frasier the Facility Dog River Bridge Regional Center has a Labrador Retriever on its team By Kim Fuller Special to the Daily Imagine being a child in an intense state of stress, when your nervous system is saying you’re in danger, but then a calm dog sits still without worry at your feet. Dogs generally alert or respond when something seems threatening, so this calming energy may show you that a situation is safe. Frasier, a 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, serves this purpose for River Bridge Regional Center in Glenwood Springs. He is a type of service dog known as a facility dog, or a courthouse dog, with a job to make children feel as comfortable as possible in stressful ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 3:33 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • One Local’s Advice Every Roaring Fork Parent Needs to Know These are the most powerful words regarding child advocacy I’ve read in a long time. I’ve been volunteering at River Bridge since 2011, and I thank Blythe Chapman for inspiring me to get involved. Blythe has become a great friend.  When we first met, Blythe had already fully committed herself to humanity through social work and I always admired the personal sacrifice her dedication required. When in 2011, she was selected as the Executive Director of River Bridge Regional Center and started planning the first annual Imagine Fundraiser to bring community awareness to the organization, I gladly signed up not knowing the true impact this work would have on me. It has been five years, five Imagine Fundraisers ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 3:33 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • HIStory So, I have struggled with putting these words on paper because until now I’ve felt it wasn’t my story to share, but HIS story.  It’s the story of 2 amazing people – my husband and our youngest son.  I’ve been writing about our family for the past couple of years, but have avoided tackling the most important part of our family HIStory.    But recently my husband and son have OK’d my sharing THEIR stories and through it all, I now realize it is OUR story to share.    In 2015, we learned that our youngest and then 16-year-old son had been molested when he was 12.  He had gone to a sleepover at a friend ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 3:34 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Bravery, Hope, Resiliency Myth: “Child abuse doesn’t happen in my community, it can’t happen in my family.” Yes, it does. Much more often than you think.    I know that most people are not naive enough to think that child abuse doesn't happen, but like most difficult topics it is common to think, “Not here, not in my community” or “Yeah, I know it happens, but out of sight out of mind.” 1 out of 3 Girls and 1 out of 5 Boys experience child sexual abuse before they reach 18   90% of Child sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator  68% are abused by a family member I am a Forensic Interviewer at River Bridge Regional Center based in Glenwood Springs ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 3:34 PM by Bridget Derkash
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