River Bridge provides collaborative services to child abuse victims, their families, and the community in a supportive environment through a child-centered approach.
A community where children are safe, families are strong, and where all abused children are believed, supported and able to heal.
WHO WE ARE
River Bridge Regional Center is a child-friendly facility where law enforcement and child protection work together to investigate child abuse allegations. Mental health therapists, medical providers, and victim advocates help children and families heal, and prosecutors are supported in holding offenders accountable. River Bridge also provides the community with child abuse prevention and education. River Bridge is designed to reduce the stress on child abuse victims and to improve the effectiveness of the response to child abuse allegations.
We are making a significant, positive difference in the lives of children and families in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties. We also serve surrounding counties and communities when the need arises.
As the old cliché goes, you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been.
December 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of River Bridge opening its doors to child abuse victims and their families. The work began way before our 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 $102,000 for the Center, the Garfield County Commissioners agreed to build a $600,000 building and the national non-profit organization Child Help offered to provide the administration for the program. The Child Help River Bridge Center (fka) opened its doors in December 2007 with a Director and a Victim Advocate on staff. In addition, Garfield County Department of Human Services provided a forensic interviewer, Susan Whiting, and a mental health therapist, Meghan Hurley Backofen on site. Meghan has been our Center’s one constant over the years and continues to provide hope and healing for child abuse victims and our community.