It all started with a question from former District Attorney Bob Gallagher:
“How can we better serve child victims of sexual assault and other crimes in ways that the criminal justice system cannot?”
The answer? SungateKids
To answer the question, Gallagher formed a committee of over 100 members from all across the community, including child-serving agencies, law enforcement, child protective services, medical and mental health professionals, and private citizens. Together, they worked tirelessly to find the right solution for our community. After extensive research they decided that the child advocacy model, which had already been piloted in Pueblo, Colorado, was right for our community, too. In 1993, Children’s Advocacy & Family Resources, Inc. was incorporated as a Colorado not-for-profit organization.
In 1996, we opened our first facility in a bright yellow house with a white fence, giving the organization its nickname and the name by which you know it today – SungateKids. Much has changed since 1993 – our programs and our staff have grown and, since 2011, we have a new home. But one thing that has never changed is our commitment to our mission and to helping victims heal, survive and thrive.