Get Ready for Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Get Ready for Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) in April is fast approaching! Illuminate Colorado is so excited to team up with partners like you to celebrate and advocate for stronger families, healthier communities, and thriving children.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how to get involved during CAPM!

Become a campaign partner

Our partners…

    • Promote the campaign throughout April using the campaign toolkit (below!) and campaign messaging.
    • Encourage other Coloradans to take part in the campaign.

Download our CAPM Partner Toolkit

This year’s theme is “Building a Hopeful Future, Together.” Throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse America and Illuminate Colorado are building a narrative of hope for children and families through collaboration and the creation of an ecosystem of primary prevention. You can get involved by downloading and sharing the campaign toolkit.

Find information on events, trainings, and other important dates on our community calendar

Building healthy communities takes work. We all have a responsibility to ensure children have positive experiences and to make sure families have the resources they need, when they need them. Check out our Community Calendar to see upcoming trainings about creating positive childhood experiences, preventing child sexual abuse, and building protective factors to strengthen families, or attend an event that builds families up.

Physical and virtual pinwheels

This year, you are able to order pinwheels and other pinwheel-branded items directly from the Prevent Child Abuse America web store!

Don’t want to order physical pinwheels? Throughout the campaign, you can make a tax-deductible gift to help build a virtual pinwheel garden. You can plant a virtual pinwheel for only $10 to help strengthen families and prevent child abuse in Colorado. 

Get updates about CAPM as April approaches

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Looking Forward from Child Abuse Prevention Month: Strengthening Colorado Families is a Year-Round Effort

Looking Forward from Child Abuse Prevention Month: Strengthening Colorado Families is a Year-Round Effort

Colorado saw lots of wins for children and families during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We advocated for family strengthening policies at the capitol, raised awareness for prevention efforts happening across the state, and raised funds for programs and services that help families thrive.

We kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capitol.

We joined legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives as the Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes were read in both chambers, followed by an afternoon rally for supporters of prevention efforts across the state. If you weren’t able to join us, don’t worry– we took photos! 

We recognized leaders in prevention.

On April 13th, the Illuminating Leadership Awards were held at the celebratory Pinwheel Breakfast. Illuminate Colorado has annually honored the contributions of exceptional individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations who have furthered our collective mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. This year we celebrated some amazing recipients!

We advocated for family strengthening policies.

One of the biggest wins came when Governor Jared Polis signed HB23-1191 into law, which prohibits the corporal punishment of children in public schools, state-licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and specialized group facilities. HB23-1191 will create positive childhood experiences to enable families and communities to thrive!

But the work isn’t done! 

Child maltreatment prevention is a year-round effort, and here at Illuminate Colorado we remain committed to strengthening families, organizations, and communities every day. Join us by getting involved!

Register for a child sexual abuse prevention training.

Illuminate Colorado offers child sexual abuse prevention trainings for professionals, caregivers, and community members alike. Find your training today.

Learn how to create Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) for the kids in your life.

Research shows that positive experiences help kids grow up into healthy, thriving adults. Whether you’re a caregiver, professional, or community member, you can help create positive experiences for the kids in your life. Find your training.

Sharpen your self-awareness and self-regulation skills with a Bloom Yoga Class.

Bloom Yoga, a program managed by Sarah Crisafi at Illuminate Colorado, offers supportive, trauma-informed yoga for anyone who plays a part in family strengthening. That means kids, caregivers, and professionals alike! Interested in hosting a class? Contact Sarah Crisafi at scrisafi@illuminatecolorado.org.

Help to create spaces where families can thrive by getting involved in the work of the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families.

The Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (CPTF) has been working tirelessly to identify what Colorado communities need in order to be safe and supportive spaces for families. Learn more about the Partnership by visiting copartnershipforthrivingfamilies.org or how you can get involved by emailing Karci Lockwood at klockwood@illuminatecolorado.org!

Learn how to have conversations about safety and substance use with the families you serve.

It is essential for any professional who works directly with families to be equipped with the tools needed to have effective conversations about substances and how to empower parents to make small changes to increase safety– that’s why Illuminate Colorado developed a conversation guide for professionals to use in talking to families about substance use and preventing child maltreatment. If you’re a professional who works with children and families, sign up to take the training today!

Stay up to date on legislation.

Advocacy work doesn’t end when the legislative session does! Be sure to stay up to date on policies affecting children and families by signing up for Illuminate’s Blog Newsletter.

Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities by following Illuminate Colorado on social media.

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Celebrating Leaders in Child Maltreatment Prevention at the 2023 Illuminate Colorado Pinwheel Breakfast

Celebrating Leaders in Child Maltreatment Prevention at the 2023 Illuminate Colorado Pinwheel Breakfast

Since 2018, Illuminate Colorado has annually honored the contributions of exceptional individuals, groups of individuals, and organizations who have furthered our collective mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. 

On April 13th, the Illuminating Leadership Awards were held for the 6th year in a row at the celebratory Pinwheel Breakfast. This year, Illuminate staff had the opportunity to nominate those they’ve worked with who deserve recognition. This year, six recipients received awards for their work spanning the spectrum of prevention. Check them out below!

Beverley Toliver, Founder & CEO of the Safe Haven Family Network, LLC provides opening remarks.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (CPTF) Family & Caregiver Space.

The Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group who have dedicated an extraordinary amount of their time and openly share their experiences to further systemic change and strengthen families in Colorado. The Family & Caregiver Space is a lived experience expert-led group within the CPTF, led by Fikile Ryder, Heather Hanson, Kaylie Weese, Kelly Valdez, and Mathilde Dunbar. 

Hattie Landry, Senior Community Initiatives Manager at Illuminate Colorado, nominated the Family & Caregiver Space for their collaborative work with the CPTF, providing insight into various types of lived experiences from across Colorado, helping to create the conditions for strong families and communities where children are healthy, valued, and thriving.

Members of the CPTF Family & Caregiver Space. Left to right: Fikile Ryder, Heather Hanson, Kelly Valdez, Kaylie Weese. Not pictured – Mathilde Dunbar.

The Dynamic Leadership Award was presented to Mile High Behavioral Healthcare. 

The Dynamic Leadership Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization who has dedicated time, expertise, and experiences to collaboratively implement programs and partner on initiatives with Illuminate and their communities to strengthen families in Colorado. Jessica Courtney and Rewa Bailey represented Mile High Behavioral Healthcare at the award ceremony.

Joan Holtz, Director of Family Support at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Mile High Behavioral Healthcare for their partnership with Illuminate on many different projects, including Illuminating Child Care, Circle of Parents, and Bloom Yoga.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Jessica Courtney and Rewa Bailey of Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, and Illuminate Colorado Director of Family Support Joan Holtz.

The Courageous Leadership Award was presented to Margaret Ochoa, a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist at the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. 

The Courageous Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group in elected office or public employment for distinguished service prioritizing the prevention of child maltreatment and strengthening families. 

Anne Auld, Deputy Director at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Margaret Ochoa, a Child Abuse Prevention Specialist at the Colorado School Safety Resource Center for her many partnerships with Illuminate, and through her own work, to support and strengthen families and communities through systems-level work with incredible integrity and dedication. Through her time as Co-Chair of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition, and an active member of the Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference Planning Committee, Ochoa has gone above and beyond in supporting professionals, communities and families in Colorado.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Margarget Ochoa, and Illuminate Colorado Deputy Director Anne Auld.

The Catalytic Leadership Award was presented to the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The Catalytic Leadership Award honors an individual, group, or organization who has invested or inspired philanthropic investment to accelerate the prevention of child maltreatment and strengthen families in Colorado.

Jillian Fabricius, Deputy Director at Illuminate Colorado, nominated the Caring for Colorado Foundation for placing family well-being, with an emphasis on equity, at the center of their philanthropic efforts. Caring for Colorado brings a long-term perspective to their philanthropic work, through which they seek to address root causes, promote prevention, improve systems, and advance policy change.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Linda Reiner and Emma Carpenter of Caring for Colorado, and Illuminate Colorado Deputy Director Jillian Fabricius.

The Innovative Leadership Award was presented to Daphne McCabe, a Family Health Division Manager at Boulder County Public Health.

The Innovative Leadership Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization who has made significant contributions to the field of child maltreatment prevention. 

Angelica Fox, Director of Home Visitation at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Daphne McCabe for the demonstration of Illuminate’s values through her work implementing Family Connects in Boulder County. Through her leadership, Boulder has a diverse and inclusive Family Connects implementation team, which launched in Boulder County in October 2022 after just seven months of dedication and perseverance.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard, Daphne McCabe of Boulder County Public Health, and Illuminate Colorado Director of Home Visitation Angelica Fox.

The Lori Moriarty Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Deb Daro, a Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall and one of the nation’s leading experts in child abuse prevention policy and early home visiting research. 

The Lori Moriarty Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated lifetime achievements in their career that exemplify the dedication and character displayed by the late Commander Lori Moriarty.

Jade Woodard, Executive Director at Illuminate Colorado, nominated Dr. Daro for her work on Colorado’s Home Visiting Investment Task Force, specifically advocating strongly for the adoption of mechanisms that provide all new parents opportunities to discuss their concerns and learn about the resources available in their communities. This research-informed recommendation was very supportive of the launch of Family Connects in Colorado.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard and Dr. Deb Daro.

We are honored to do this work with such passionate leaders! 

We can’t do this work alone. It takes all of us to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment. 

Donate to Illuminate Colorado today and make an investment in programs that build healthier, happier, and more resilient families and communities.

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A Day in Photos: Illuminate Colorado Celebrates Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capitol

A Day in Photos: Illuminate Colorado Celebrates Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Capitol

On April 3rd, Illuminate Colorado spent the day at the Colorado State Capitol celebrating the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month. In the morning, we joined legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives as the Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes were read in both chambers, followed by an afternoon rally for supporters of prevention efforts across the state. If you weren’t able to join us, don’t worry– we took photos!

In the morning, State Senators and Representatives read the Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes in both chambers.

State Senators Rhonda Fields and Barbara Kirkmeyer reading the Child Abuse Prevention Month tribute on the Senate floor.

State Representative Judy Amabile reading the Child Abuse Prevention Month Tribute on the House floor.

State Senators Rhonda Fields and Barbara Kirkmeyer with members of Illuminate Colorado, Raise the Future, Kempe Foundation and Kempe Center, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Early Childhood, and the Child Protection Ombudsman of Colorado.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard with the Child Abuse Prevention Month tribute. 

A big thank you to our legislative sponsors Senators Rhonda Fields, Cleave Simpson, and Barbara Kirkmeyer, and Representatives Judy Amabile, Tammy Story, Regina English, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Mary Young, and Mary Bradfield.

In the afternoon, we joined the Colorado Department of Human Services for a Child Abuse Prevention Month rally on the West Steps!

Supporters from across the state joined us with pinwheels to show their commitment to strong families and communities. 

People from across the spectrum of prevention shared how the work of strengthening families has touched their work or their lives.

First, we heard opening remarks from Mekialaya White, an anchor at CBS4.

Illuminate Colorado Executive Director Jade Woodard spoke about how we can all band together to in collective ways to help children and families thrive. 

“We all benefit when friends, families, and neighbors work together to collectively care for children.” – Jade Woodard

Lupita Cardoza, a parent with lived experience, shared how Sister Carmen and the Circle of Parents program provided community support when she needed it most.

“I learned a lot about advocating for myself and for others, how to raise kids and deal with teenagers, how important it is to know where to go for resources and information.” – Lupita Cardoza

 

 

Mary Alice Cohen, the Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Early Childhood, highlighted organizations and partners that support Colorado families.

Timiya Jackson, Executive Director of the Heart & Hand Center Denver, shares how resource centers provide families with the resources and support they need to thrive.

Minna Castillo Cohen, Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth, and Families, shared how the Office is evolving the child welfare system to more effectively connect families to the resources they need, as well as offer support for families who are struggling.

In closing, Stacy Tracey, a Prevention Social Caseworker at Denver County’s Department of Human Services, expressed how important it is to really listen to families and to meet parents where they are.

“Serving in this position is the best job I’ve had and the opportunity to meet families where they are and help them get to where they want to be has been incredibly rewarding.” – Stacy Tracey

The Illuminate Colorado team on the West Steps!

Didn’t get to join us at the rally?

You can get involved with Child Abuse Prevention Month all throughout April. Visit COPinwheelsForPrevention.org to learn mroe, sign up for trainings, and download the partner toolkit!

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Join Us in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Join Us in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Around the month of April, for more than ten years now, you may have seen gardens of pinwheels planted in the community, at school, day care or a local hospital or nonprofit organization, and wondered, why?

 

It’s because planting pinwheels represents the bright childhoods we all want for children.

When parents, caregivers, family, friends, neighbors, employers and elected leaders work together to increase five critical protective factors in families’ lives, that is when we can prevent child abuse, strengthen families, and build brighter childhoods.

Each year, the hope is you will do more than see pinwheels in your community.

 

There are many ways to get involved and learn more during Child Abuse Prevention Month and all year long.

#PreventionInPartnership is all about maximizing our efforts. Together, we can put families first and relieve some of the overload experienced by parents and caregivers.

Get Involved!


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Join the Campaign

Our community prospers when our kids thrive. They are our future workforce, leaders, neighbors and community members. No matter where you live –– everyone has the power to make great childhoods happen – especially you.

April is a time for organizations and individuals to take collective action using shared messaging and a campaign toolkit to raise awareness for the prevention of child maltreatment.

Become a 2023 Campaign Partner by:

  • Promoting the campaign throughout April, using the campaign toolkit and campaign messaging
  • Encouraging other Coloradans to take part in the campaign
  • Filling out the campaign partner form

Download the Campaign Toolkit

The campaign toolkit includes a list of actions to take, as well as graphics which can be co-branded and sample messages for social media to promote strengthening families and the prevention of child maltreatment in Colorado.

Get Access to the Toolkit

Fill out this form to get access to the campaign toolkit.

April 3rd is Wear Blue Day, and we’ll be celebrating at the Capitol!

EVNET UPDATE: All events on April 3rd have been pushed to the afternoon due to Governor’s Office activitiesWe will no longer have the Pinwheels in the Chambers event in the morning, though tributes will still be read. You can still listen to the tributes online. Additionally, the kick off rally has been moved to 1pm… 

In the morning, Illuminate Colorado will gather with supporters and volunteers for Pinwheels in the Chambers. Help us fill the galleries of the state legislative chambers as Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes are being read by wearing blue and showing up at the Colorado State Capitol–we’ll bring the pinwheels!

Plus, save the date for a midday rally on April 3 after the morning activities, led by the Colorado Department of Human Services. The rally will also be livestreamed (link coming soon) so you can join us, wherever you are in the state! 

RSVP for Pinwheels in the Chambers

RSVP online to join us at the Colorado State Capitol on April 3 to hear the Child Abuse Prevention Month tributes being read in the state legislative chambers.

Stay Up to Date!

Check out the Community Calendar and register for upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Month events.

Donate!

Throughout the campaign, you can make a tax-deductible gift to help build a virtual pinwheel garden. Donations will go to support this annual awareness campaign to strengthen families and prevent child abuse in Colorado.

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Growing Better Together During Child Abuse Prevention Month–and All Year Long

Growing Better Together During Child Abuse Prevention Month–and All Year Long

Child Abuse Prevention Month is an important time of year for so many organizations and individuals working tirelessly year-round to strengthen families and protect children.  For the first time since 2019, people were able to come together in person to launch the annual Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, but that was just the beginning of the month-long awareness campaign to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together. 

Growing Better Together in April

Here are some of the ways Colorado parents, caregivers, family, friends, neighbors, employers, organizations and elected leaders worked together this April to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together:

 

    • April 1 was Wear Blue Day, and we launched this year’s campaign at the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol–in person for the first time since 2019! Nearly 100 people joined us at the Colorado State Capitol to listen to a recorded video message from Governor Jared Polis and hear from professionals and parents about how they are growing a better tomorrow for all children, together.

       

    • The Colorado State House of Representatives and Senate recognized April 1 as the first day of Child Abuse Prevention Month and paid tribute to the work happening in Colorado to prevent child abuse.

    • Thanks to the Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium, we were able to award a $2,500 grant to La Cocina as part of our campaign contest. La Cocina’s mission is to dismantle systems of oppression and co-create paths to liberation by providing full access to traditional and non-traditional forms of mental health and health equity support services.
    • 80 Coloradans took a FREE two-hour interactive online training designed to  create a new standard of child safety in communities and throughout Colorado. If you weren’t able to attend in April, free trainings are offered year-round. Find one that works for you.

       

    • More than 200 people across the country contacted lawmakers on April 27 to urge them to reauthorize and increase funding to offer high-quality home visiting services to families as part of  Prevent Child Abuse America’s third annual Digital Advocacy Day.

       

    • Communities used the hashtag #GrowingBetterTogether to connect to the movement, finding ways to get involved and signifying their commitment to helping children, families and entire communities to thrive.

       

    • Illuminate Colorado, with the support of SafeCare Colorado, Colorado Parent and numerous other 2022 Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign sponsors distributed 840,264 messages during the month of April to inspire a conversation to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together. Partnering with 54 organizations, highlighted on COPinwheelsForPrevention.org, we reached more than 76,139 Coloradans.

What Are the Five Protective Factors?

Protective factors help buffer from the negative consequences of exposure to risks by either reducing the impact of the risk or changing the way a person responds to the risk. The five protective factors that reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect are:

      • Parental Resilience
      • Social Connections
      • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
      • Concrete Support in Times of Need
      • Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Growing Better Together All Year Long

It can take nearly a year to plan and coordinate these efforts. But, each year we can see the impact greater awareness brings. When parents, caregivers, family, friends, neighbors, employers and elected leaders work together to increase five critical protective factors in families’ lives, that is when we can prevent child abuse, strengthen families and build brighter childhoods. 

As the Colorado Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, Illuminate Colorado leads the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in Colorado and a collaborative effort to raise awareness during child abuse prevention month each year.

Since 2009, this collaborative effort in Colorado has grown exponentially over the years with hundreds of local organizations and thousands of passionate people organizing pinwheels displays – one of the many ways we work together to inspire conversations about how to strengthening families in Colorado.

The Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee will be meeting later this year to being to align awareness efforts and plan create a greater understanding of how to prevent child maltreatment by building protective factors and strengthening families. 

 

Join Us

Interested in organizing awareness efforts in your community? Join the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Awareness Campaign Planning Committee!

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