Christina M. Dalpiaz, founded CHANCE (Changing How Adults Nurture Children's Egos) in 1996 after assuming kindercare responsiblity for her nephew. Because there were limited resources available at the time for her to learn from, Christina started CHANCE to fill this void. She is a family and couples counselor who focuses on replacement skills for unhealthy behaviors. She holds a master's degree in psychology and has earned certifications in early childhood development, victims' advocacy and addiction counseling.
Ms. Dalpiaz has written four critically acclaimed books, contributed to two others and helped produce training videos and documentaries for television. She has appeared on The Nancy Grace and Dr Drew television programs, as well as a variety of national and regional television and radio broadcasts. Ms. Dalpiaz enlisted in the US Navy 1979 and worked her way through the ranks to retire as a Lieutenant Commander in 2003. A lecturer both nationally and internationally, in 1998 the Aurora (Colorado) Family Violence Response Team awarded her the "Above and Beyond Child Advocate of the Year." Ms. Dalpiaz, an advocate for families of all configurations, lives by her organization's slogan: Healthy Habits, Happy Homes.
Note: Families First is located at the corner of Warren Ave and Yosemite Street.