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Betty Ford Center Children's Program in Aurora, Colorado

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14001 East Iliff Avenue, Suite 120
Aurora,  CO  80014

Welcome to the Betty Ford Center Children's Program

Alcoholism and drug addiction are family diseases, so we treat the whole family, including the kids. We help 7 to 12-year-old children from families hurt by addiction. No child is turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships are available. All Children's Programs are open to the public. Parents do not have to be patients at any Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation location in order for their children to participate in the Children's Program.

The Children's Program helps kids to positively cope with the many challenges they face. The program helps kids learn about addiction through age-appropriate activities so they realize that the disease is not their fault, they are not alone and they are not to blame. Children talk openly in a safe, supportive environment and are encouraged to express their feelings about this cunning, baffling disease. The Children's Program, offered in both Aurora and Colorado Springs, is a nurturing haven of help, hope and healing.

If you know a child affected by addiction, please call us today.


The Betty Ford Center Children's Program teams with local drug courts to unify families

For many families affected by the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, a final solution comes through the court system. A family integrated treatment (FIT) court, or family drug court, provides families with hope for recovery and a chance at healthy family life. Watch a short video on how the Betty Ford Center Children's Program works in tandem with drug courts to rebuild families.

Betty Ford Center Children's Program helps Jeremiah G's family learn to trust and live again

As a paramedic and firefighter for over a decade, Jeremiah G. was the one doing the rescuing. However, an opioid addiction swapped his role from lifesaver to patient. Learn more about Jeremiah and his family's story and the role the Betty Ford Center Children's Program played in their recovery.

Denver-Area Youth Overcomes a Parent's Addictions and Follows NFL Dreams

Kids growing up in homes where addiction has been a problem often walk on egg shells. But after attending the Betty Ford Center Children's Program, children learn they don’t have to hide in the shadows. Here is the story of one Denver-area teen who overcame a parent's addiction and is now following big NFL dreams.

Children learn how to overcome the negative impact of addiction in the family

Addiction not only haunts those caught in its trap but the family as well—especially when kids are involved. This video illustrates not only how children are impacted by this disease but also how they can overcome its negative repercussions with this effective program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Dates

Find upcoming program dates and locations for the Betty Ford Center Children's Program for 7 to 12-year-old children hurt by addiction.



Get the help your child needs and register today. No child is turned away for lack of funds.

Registration Info

Where to Stay in Aurora

The Doubletree Southeast
13696 East Iliff Place
Aurora, CO 80014

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Where to Stay in Colorado Springs

The Hotel Elegante
2886 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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What Comes Next?

A continuing care plan is provided at the completion of the program. After the program children receive a quarterly newsletter called Five Star Flash, the Beamer comic book series and an invitation to the annual Colorado Children's celebration reunion event. The Children's Program staff is available as an ongoing resource to parents/caregivers who may need additional referrals and guidance.

Available Follow-Up Programs

Stage II is a follow-up program for children who have attended the four-day program. Participants learn valuable problem-solving skills and have more opportunities to discuss events happening in their lives since the four-day program. Swimming and other fun activities are included. Each Stage II features a different theme, such as relapse, problem solving, peer pressure, and bullying so kids can continue to attend if they desire.

Support Meetings

Aftercare is a fun, open group that helps kids continue skills they learned in Stage I. Aftercare takes place at our offices every Wednesday night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Any child who participated in the four-day program is welcome to attend aftercare. It is a drop-in program, and families can attend at their convenience. We also have a coinciding Circle of Parents in Recovery support meeting. This meeting is open to any caregiver (in recovery or impacted by addiction) regardless of whether or not their children attend the kids group.

Find upcoming program dates or contact us for dates and to register: 1-303-745-2275 or by email to Lindsey C.

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