It started with a question in 1989 from then-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
SungateKids opened in November, 1995. Today with a staff of nine and an annual budget of $800,000, this nonprofit agency offers an array of services to the over 900,000 people living in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, which spans Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties.
Our nationally recognized forensic interviewing team helps children, who have been referred to us by law enforcement or human services, safely reveal the truth about a crime. The number of forensic interviews conducted each year has grown from 118 in 1986 to an average of approximately 700 each year.
While SungateKids is committed to helping children heal, what happens in these interview rooms is not therapy. It is a skilled and precise hunt for the truth. “We feel very strongly that this is a forensic process,” says SungateKids’ Executive Director, Diana Goldberg.
SungateKids doesn’t charge a penny for its services. The average cost for services is over $350 per child. The center is supported solely through private donations, corporate sponsorships, a small amount of government funding, and fundraising.