Baby Haven facility breaks ground
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Baby Haven was held Sept. 13 at the Fort Logan Campus. This unique public/private collaboration within the Addiction, Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine is the first licensed and Qualistar rated early childhood education center for substance-exposed children in Colorado and will serve infants from birth to 3 years of age. The mothers in the program enter treatment impoverished, pregnant or with a young infant, and they are frequently homeless. Without the Haven many of these mothers would be in jail, have their babies born under guard, see their babies placed in foster care and lose the chance to bond with their babies during critical developmental years. Clients of the Haven receive substance abuse and mental health treatment, medical care, parenting education, and educational and vocational services to help break dependence on the child welfare system and avoid involvement in drugs and crime. The new Baby Haven building will allow for an increase in the number of infants served from 14 to 32 and greatly expanded educational services for infants and mothers.