Join us for an afternoon of food and fun to celebrate the life and legacy of DIFRC's founding Executive Director, Phyllis Bigpond, and to honor Native families.
Phyllis Bigpond, DIFRC's founding Executive Director, helped create DIFRC as an agency dedicated to meeting the diverse and emerging needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families in the Denver metropolitan area. She was known nationally for her 40 years of community service and advocacy of AI/AN families. Phyllis Bigpond made such significant contributions to the community that Governor Hickenlooper proclaimed October 7 as “Phyllis Bigpond Day.” He said, «Phyllis has devoted her life to improving the lives of American Indian families and children,» noting that DIFRC’s services and the overall success of the Indian Child Welfare Act programs in the Denver area were directly related to Bigpond’s advocacy and hard work. In her memory we celebrate the long-term outcomes of this work: the preservation and reunification of American Indian and Alaska Native families in our community.
Our agency has received a grant from Enterprise Community Partners to create a “community collaborative action.” We have chosen to use this opportunity to celebrate the preservation and reunification of Native families in the Denver area. DIFRC’s primary indicator of success is whether AI/AN children remain with their biological parents, other relatives, or culturally-appropriate placements at the time in which services terminate with the agency. In 2016, 89% of families who received intensive case management from DIFRC were preserved, in contrast with a rate of 54% nationwide. DIFRC supports our families during the hardest and most trying times in their lives; we also believe that the resolution of their involvement with the child welfare system deserves a celebration that includes friends, neighbors, and community partners. The collaborative action advances two primary goals: celebrating the preservation and reunification of Native families; and providing families and providers a culturally appropriate event that supports the Native value of building relationships.
Therefore, please join us on Saturday, October 7th from noon to 3pm at Loretto Heights Park for an afternoon of food and fun to celebrate the life and legacy of DIFRC’s founding Executive Director, Phyllis Bigpond, and to honor strong Native families. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter and feel free to share with your friends and family. Everyone is invited!