87 Years of Healing and Hope

Griffith Centers for Children began in 1927 in Denver, Colorado. Our founder, Miss Emily Griffith, was a respected educator who believed that every child deserves positive experiences and opportunities that would prepare him or her to live a productive life. She began by taking orphaned and delinquent boys into her home, and then, with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Denver, built the first “Emily Griffith Home for Boys”.

Chins Up was formed in 1974 as an organization that addressed the unmet needs of children and adolescents in the Colorado Springs community who were victims of abuse or were suffering from emotional or behavioral problems. What began as a short-term shelter has evolved into a wide range of community based programs serving over 32 Colorado Counties annually.

Chins Up joined with Griffith Centers for Children in 2001. This union of over 100 years of combined experience has resulted in a more complete and coordinated array of services for over 1500 children and families each year..

With sites in Colorado Springs, and Metro Denver, Griffith now specializes in providing a full continuum of therapeutic treatment and academic services for boys and girls, and families. We are licensed and nationally accredited to serve children from birth to 21 years of age. We provide community programs such as family preservation, day treatment, education and counseling services. Griffith Centers also provides residentially based programs such as foster care and shared family care, respite services, adoption, group homes, residential treatment (staff secure and open) and independent living services. Today we are able to provide healing and hope to thousands.


History of Griffith Centers

Need Help? Start Here

The following are websites and toll-free hotlines (some are recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration) that may also prove useful to you.

Child Abuse

Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline

Child Abuse Prevention & Education
Child AbuseWatch.net is a national child abuse prevention and educational resource for the public and professionals. Information available in English, Spanish and French.

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Telephone 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TDD 1-800-787-3224

Missing Children

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s® (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.


National Runaway Switchboard
Every day 1.3 million runaway and homeless youth live on the streets of America. One out of every seven children will run away before the age of 18. Each year approximately 5,000 runaway and homeless youth die from assault, illness, and suicide. (source: National Runaway Switchboard)

Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC)
Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) serves children who have been sexually abused, neglected or traumatized by witnessing violence. DCAC is one of 12 child advocacy centers in Colorado providing child-friendly, family-supportive services in one central location.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children

Providing at-risk children and their families the environment and opportunities to become educated, healthy, participating and productive members of society.

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