the story of two 3 year olds

Our Executive Director, Lori Poland, was abducted at three years old from her front yard by a stranger who abused her and placed her in the pit of an outhouse toilet for 3 ½ days until her rescue by bird watchers. Her life has since been dedicated to healing and helping others affected by abuse. Her abductor was once an abused three year old who did not get help.




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Dr. Richard Krugman, M.D.

Board Chair
One of the preeminent experts and scholars in the field of child abuse and neglect in this country and a protégé of Dr. Kempe himself, Dr. Krugman is a pediatrician and Distinguished University Professor at The Kempe Center. He is the former Director of The Kempe Center and served as both Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Krugman served an appointment with the Public Health Service at the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Washington D.C., 1980-81. Most notably, Krugman headed the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect from 1988-1991, which issued two major reports on the emergency presented by child abuse and neglect in the United States at that time Dr. Krugman has authored over 100 original papers, chapters, editorials, and six books.


Lori Poland, M.A., L.P.C.

Founding Executive Director
Poland is a childhood survivor of a high-profile child abuse case and has since devoted her life and career to ending child abuse and neglect, and to healing cycles of violence. She has spent 19 years working in mental health and the nonprofit sector as a therapist, leaving the highly successful clinic she founded to assume the chief executive role at the Foundation, and leveraging her background in business management and program development. Poland travels nationally as a motivational speaker talking about the effects of trauma on children and families and has consulted within the legal system to advocate for change in the field and to develop greater understanding.