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.   



  • Why Your Support Matters to Taryn Why Your Support Matters to TarynYou don’t have to be a parent and you don’t have to be a survivor to know the importance of a Child Advocacy Center. As community members and through our own experience’s, we know the difference that support can make when we are diving into the deep end, into the unknown. Taryn’s story is the story of hundreds of children and teenagers who have walked through the doors at River Bridge Regional Center, whose life was changed for the better, under unimaginable circumstances. Though every story is different the support that children and their parents receive is the same.For Taryn, it started when she was six. She was playing ...
    Posted May 31, 2018, 7:34 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • Switching Our Lens Switching Our LensKatie sat across from me after disclosing a sexual assault by a classmate. The abuse was over, she had done everything right. She told a trusted adult what had happened, the adult made a report to the police, the police were investigating, and she was receiving supportive services for the healing process.  However, she knew, just like so many others, that her path to recovery was going to be an uphill battle.  She attended the same school as her offender and in our victim-blaming culture, she knew she would not be receiving the support she needed from her community.  It was simple because she knew how she would react if it had happened to someone else ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 12:25 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Mountain West SANE Alliance has a Permanent Home with River Bridge Regional Center Mountain West SANE Alliance has a Permanent Home with  River Bridge Regional CenterRiver Bridge Regional Center is happy to announce that Mountain West SANE Alliance has a permanent home under the River Bridge Regional Center umbrella.  In 2012 the Roaring Fork Valley lost its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, leaving our community vulnerable and victims of sexual assault with inadequate services.  A small group of dedicated professionals came together to reinstate the needed services that victims in our community require, they formed the Mountain West SANE Alliance (MWSA).  With dedication and tireless work, this group of individuals was able to reestablish services to our community and in 2016, MWSA conducted its first SANE Examination. MWSA has continued to ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 9:16 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • River Bridge Regional Center History This December 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of River Bridge opening its doors to child abuse victims and their families.  As the old cliché goes, you can't know where you are going until you know where you have been. The work began way before the doors opened.  Joyce Bulifant Perry and the Rotary Club of Carbondale – Aspen Glen (now known as the Mt. Sopris Rotary Club) worked tirelessly to make their dream come true. Child Advocacy Centers were not new (the movement began in the early 1990’s) but the concept was new to our community.  It took a lot of education, relationship building and fundraising to make the Center a reality.  The Rotary Club raised over $102 ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 3:48 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Part of the Solution My name is Lindsay Gould I am a board member and volunteer at River Bridge Regional Center. I want to share how I became involved with this amazing organization.River Bridge Regional Center envisions a community where children are safe, families are strong, and where all abused children are believed, supported and able to heal.River Bridge Regional Center is a nationally accredited nonprofit child advocacy center, utilizing a child-centered, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment, and investigation of child abuse. Within River Bridge’s warm, child-friendly environment, they provide hope and healing to neglected and abused children and their families through treatment, advocacy, and investigation services.I have always been a very sensitive person and as ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 11:16 AM by Bridget Derkash
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