April 6, 2011
4/6/2011

Babies and toddlers whose mothers have drug addictions can soon spend their days in a care center designed especially for them, while their moms undergo treatment nearby. The Baby Haven Therapeutic Early Childhood Education Center will celebrate its grand opening Friday. It is adjacent to The Haven residential treatment center on the Fort Logan campus.

By Karen Auge
The Denver Post

Babies and toddlers whose mothers have drug addictions can soon spend their days in a care center designed especially for them, while their moms undergo treatment nearby.

The Baby Haven Therapeutic Early Childhood Education Center will celebrate its grand opening Friday. It is adjacent to The Haven residential treatment center on the Fort Logan campus.

Baby Haven is the only child-care center in Colorado specifically for drug-exposed infants and toddlers.

The center provides developmental evaluations, physical therapy and other services that children exposed to drugs often need.

It took nearly three years of planning, along with a $500,000 grant from the Anschutz Foundation and numerous other donations to get the $3.8 million, 9,000-square-foot center built.

The new center replaces a smaller child-care facility that had been housed in a converted, 120-year-old building.

The new center can care for as many as 40 children, including those as old as 5. The previous center served only 16 children through 12 months of age.

The Haven, on the grounds of the Fort Logan state hospital, is part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Addiction Research and Treatment Services program.

Women treated at The Haven are often referred from social services department, primary care settings, the criminal justice system, family members, and clients themselves.

Without a residential treatment program for the mothers and care for their children, many of the babies and toddlers would be in foster care.