DIFRC | Denver Indian Family Resource Center

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.

Read more about the history of child removal and why DIFRC came to be.

If you would like to receive services from DIFRC, please call us at 720-500-1020.

DIFRC Board of Directors


Adrianne Maddux (Hopi), Vice Chairperson
Executive Director, Denver Indian Health and Family Services

Laura Jones (Cherokee Nation), Treasurer
Associate, Native Affairs Practice Group, Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Denise Edwards (Tuscarora)
Chief of the Division of Economic Development, Office of Indian Economic Development, U.S. Department of the Interior

Taylor Kingsberry (Chickasaw)
Program Officer, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Rick Waters (Kiowa/Cherokee Nation)
Co-Executive Director, Denver Indian Center, Inc.

Alicia Mitchell (Cherokee Nation), Secretary
Senior Development Officer, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Kristina M. Bergsten, Esq. (Lakota)
Owner/Attorney, The Animal Law Firm

Michelle Sarche (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Associate Professor, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado School of Public Health

Dina Yazzie (Oglala Lakota)
Eligibility Supervisor, Community Assistance Division, Jefferson Community Human Services

Patrice Kunesh (Standing Rock Lakota descent)
Major Gifts Officer, Native American Rights Fund