A look inside the
Children’s Treatment Center

The Center sits inconspicuously along the highline canal in unincorporated Arapahoe County. Most of the joggers, roller bladers and walkers are unaware of the residents or activities in the “big gray house” along their route. Often they’ll stop, point and comment on the many bikes, colorful garage doors or interesting projects that have taken place at the Center over the years. Occasionally, a curious parent will pull up the driveway and inquire as to how to enroll their child in our lovely “preschool”. “It looks like such a great place for kids,” they say. And it is!

The Children’s Center is 8,000 sq ft. of space to run and play (two donated playgrounds and a bike path,) six bedrooms, a living room, recreation room and a special place for kids to visit with their family. It’s truly a warm, welcoming home environment.

The Children’s Center opened in 1986 as a short-term shelter for children ages 3-12 who were victims of child abuse or neglect. For over 23 years The Children’s Treatment Center has been “home” for children who need a safe place to heal, learn to trust adults and understand that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.


What We Do

Children’s Treatment Center

The Children’s Treatment Center at Families First offers a warm, homelike environment for young children who have been abused or neglected. Our compassionate and trained staff provides a caring, therapeutic experience and respond to the physical and psychological needs of each individual child.

Healthy family and community life is our model. We blend the structure of a residential treatment program, with the warmth and community of family.

During their stay at the Children’s Treatment Center, children are provided with a safe environment in which to develop trusting relationships with adults, and learn what it is like to live in a healthy family setting.

We accept boys and girls, ages 3 to 12, who have been mistreated, and whose behavioral problems make living in a family setting impossible. Typically, a child has been in multiple placements before arriving at our Center. It is always our goal to place each child in a “forever” home with their biological or adoptive family.

FAQ About The Children's Treatment Center

To learn more, click here for a printable .pdf brochure.
Professional referrals, please call Ann Afton at: 303-309-3930.