DENVER—This week, The Kempe Foundation announced Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) as the recipient of its “Champion for Kids” award. The award specifically notes Nordberg’s “strong commitment in the state legislature to ensure every child has the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.”
Representative Nordberg issued the following statement in response to the recognition:
“Children are the leaders of tomorrow and in order to ensure their success, it is incumbent on all of us to work together to foster an environment where children can feel safe at both home and at school. For over 40 years, The Kempe Foundation has promoted those ideals and I am truly humbled to be honored by an organization that always puts children, their well-being, and their futures first.”
This past session, Nordberg carried Senate Bill 17-028, known as the Healthy Families and Military Preparedness Act. The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously, the House 64-1 and was signed by the governor, establishes better coordination of child welfare services between the Colorado Department of Human Services and the military.
John Faught, President and CEO of The Kempe Foundation, added the following statement:
“Representative Nordberg is tireless in his quest to understand the challenges facing Coloradoans and how best to help us meet these challenges. In a short time, he has become a champion for children working to ensure they have the opportunity to develop and grow in a safe and healthy environment.”
The Kempe Foundation mission is to increase awareness, engage in advocacy and secure and provide resources for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.