A Colorado Where All Children and Families Thrive

Strong economies and communities where our children thrive are built when we harness the power of government, business and philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors to effectively strengthen families together.

Our children are our future employees, leaders and neighbors. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development.

Everyone in the community needs to get involved to prevent child maltreatment.   

How We Work

With a research-based approach that emphasizes building promotive and protective factors, we address systemic and multi-sector issues by collaborating with families and partners at the community, state and national level to develop and implement powerful programs, policies and initiatives that keep kids safe in Colorado. 

Our Mission

In 2017, several nonprofit organizations in Colorado consolidated to leverage resources and increase capacity to more effectively prevent child maltreatment in Colorado. Since then we’ve grown exponentially in service of our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. 

We Work Upstream and Downstream to Strengthen Families

Our Work Spans the Continuum of Prevention

Primary Prevention

We work upstream to strengthen all families and stop child maltreatment before it ever starts.

Secondary Prevention

We bring focused energy and attention to strengthen families with risk factors associated with child maltreatment.

Tertiary Prevention

We collaborate to strengthen families involved in the child protection system to give children who have experienced maltreatment brighter futures.

Creating Transformational Change

We Mobilize People and Organizations to Tackle Complex Issues Across the Spectrum of Prevention

Influencing Policy

Policy strengthens families and prevents child maltreatment.

Changing Organizational Practice

Organizations are structured to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.

Fostering Coalitions & Networks

Coalitions and networks advance strategies, policies and practices that strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.

Strengthening Individual Skills & Knowledge

Families maintain and apply protective factors that strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.

Promoting Community Education

Community norms build protective factors that strengthen families and prevents child maltreatment.

Educating Professionals

Professionals strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.


Child maltreatment in Colorado is prevented through strong families, organizations, communities and policies.

News & Updates

Prevention Through Partnership

Prevention Through Partnership

“Prevention happens in partnership” is a phrase often repeated by the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Dr. Melissa Merrick. As the Colorado chapter of PCAA these words rang especially true for us at Illuminate Colorado in 2021. As we began to...

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The number of people, organizations and communities that are
getting involved to strengthen families grows every day.


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Call (303) 413-3460 Or Contact Us to Make a Difference

Share Your Experience

Join us by sharing your lived experiences with policymakers or contributing your story to the narrative in Colorado promote positive community norms that strengthen families.     

Promote Prevention

Communities have a huge influence in families’ lives. Look for ways to promote protective factors in your community and put prevention in action with the children and families in your life.  

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Your investment empowers us to strengthen families, organization and communities to prevent child maltreatment in Colorado.   

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