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About Us

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) was founded in early 2000 as a child welfare agency dedicated to meeting the diverse and emerging needs of American Indian children and families in the Denver metropolitan area. Our goal is to assist families to avoid involvement with the child welfare system and to support and advocate for families already involved. We provide a variety of services that build up the strengths of Native families and that help children thrive.

Our definition of family reflects the reality for most American Indian and Alaska Native families and includes relatives and close friends. When families have already encountered child abuse or neglect charges, our approach is to actively advocate for and refer to culturally-appropriate services, and to provide intensive case management and active effects for family reunification. When families are at risk for involvement with the child welfare system, we provide comprehensive services to assist the family in avoiding the need for systems-level intervention. Additionally, we work with the broader American Indian and Alaska Native community by providing services to strengthen cultural and social connections while gaining practical, real-life skills. Our services are strength-based and empowerment oriented. We work together with our families and other agencies to help promote responsible healing by restoring balance, nurturing pride, and recognizing the extended family and community.



Dennis Swain
Executive Director

Sarah Nelson (Ojibwe)
Deputy Director

Whitney Kizer (Choctaw/Washoe)
Finance Coordinator

A.J. Myers
Americorps VISTA


McKenna Ganz
Development Manager

Family Services

Kathryn Redhorse (Lakota/Navajo)
Family Services Supervisor

Verla Howell (Pawnee/Flandreau Santee Sioux)
Family Engagement Specialist

Wilma Yellow Cloud (Oglala Lakota)
Family Engagement Specialist

Madeline Pielert
Family Services Intern 

Ceriss Blackwood (Navajo/Taos Pueblo)
Resource and Referral Specialist

Katie Brown
Community Program Coordinator


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