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Child Abuse Prevention Month kicks off at Colorado State Capitol

CBS News

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


Leaders from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Illuminate Colorado and the Colorado Department of Early Childhood rallied together on Monday morning to officially launch Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Colorado State Capitol.

'I'm not on my own with this:' Circle of Fathers group provides connectivity for male caregivers

Rocky Mountain PBS

Photo credit: Josh Rafail

“I would say I was in a fairly broken place when I first joined, and now I just feel a sense of self love and optimism for my daughter and our relationship and our future that I never felt before … it’s a very rewarding and valuable experience,”


Colorado program strengthens newborn mental health and wellness through in-home visits

MoodFuel News

No matter how much expectant parents prepare for the birth of a child, there are always questions, concerns and overwhelm that occur after baby arrives… 

Colorado Hospitals Use New Approach To Treat Opioid-Exposed Newborns


There is a traditional treatment for babies experiencing withdrawal from opioids: newborns are separated from their mothers and taken to the neonatal intensive care unit to receive tapered doses of morphine or methadone. They can stay in the hospital for weeks.

A Colorado-based collaborative is changing this approach…

Let's have a real conversation about the struggles of parenting


No one’s life is as perfect as it seems online; that’s especially true for parents. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and stopping abuse may start with parents finding support they need…

Home Visits that Connect Moms and Families to Life-Changing Services When They Need it Most

Tough as a Mother

Family Connects Colorado is a successful, evidence-based model and program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits…


'Caramel,' the child care RV, is coming to Pueblo


Photo Credit: Zachary Allen/ Pueblo Chieftain Children whose parents receive behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in Pueblo County will soon have access to free, on-site child care, thanks to a recreational vehicle named Caramel. . . .


Lack of child care prevents moms from getting drug treatment in Colorado. Here comes “RV Honey.”


The first-of-its-kind program will send RVs renovated as child care classrooms to drug and mental health centers in Denver and the San Luis Valley…


Rep. Leslie Herod honored for child advocacy by Illuminate Colorado


State Rep. Leslie Herod is among the top honorees of the advocacy group Illuminate Colorado for playing instrumental roles in preventing the maltreatment of children…

News Releases

Transformational Campaign Informs Colorado Parents “We Got UR Back”

The statewide effort aims to strengthen connections between families and communities.

Illuminate Colorado’s Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Like many Americans, we are still processing what the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade means for families. We are grateful for the advocacy led by Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and Cobalt on the...

Illuminate Colorado Awarded $60,000 Primary Prevention Grant by Prevent Child Abuse America to Support Abuse and Neglect Prevention Strategies as Part of Thriving Families, Safer Children

Denver, Colorado—Illuminate Colorado announced today a $60,000 Primary Prevention grant awarded by Prevent Child Abuse America® (PCA America), with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, to support the organization’s work to transform child welfare policy and...

Family Connects Colorado to Offer Free Home Visiting to All Families Starting Late 2022

lluminate Colorado is partnering with Family Connects International® to begin to bring FREE home visiting to all families with newborns in Colorado. Family Connects Colorado, a new program of Illuminate Colorado, has the potential to impact every baby born in Colorado.

Necessary and Adequate Medical Care for Your Child is Not Child Abuse

Organizational Statement Opposing the Actions of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Providing necessary and adequate medical care to your child is not child abuse, and transgender and non-binary children need access to age-appropriate, individualized medical care just...

Illuminating Leadership Award Recipients Light the Way Toward Brighter Childhoods

For several years, Illuminate Colorado has honored the contributions of exceptional individuals and organizations who have furthered our collective mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. “The work that we do at...

Hero’s Health Grant from CHC: Creating Healthier Communities Supports Fathers of Freedom in Colorado Springs

Today Creating Healthier Communities (CHC) announced Illuminate Colorado as one of four awardees of its Hero’s Health grant. The $10,000 grants, awarded to CHC nonprofit partners committed to serving active and retired military communities through program and service...

New Research Provides Insight and Recommendations for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Denver (Nov. 10, 2021) – New research from Illuminate Colorado (Illuminate) examines data and trends related to child sexual abuse in Colorado and presents recommendations for preventing abuse statewide. The study also highlights known solutions to the problem of...

Illuminate Colorado is Giving Away 40,000 Pinwheels To Inspire A Conversation

Illuminate Colorado, the Colorado Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America , has given away 30,000 free Pinwheels for Prevention® to inspire Coloradans to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together. The nonprofit working to strengthen families, organizations and communities is calling on an additional 10,000 Coloradans to claim their FREE pinwheels and plant them in their front yards and neighborhoods.

Illuminate Colorado Takes On New Role Supporting Home Visiting in Colorado

DOWNLOAD THE NEWS RELEASE Denver, CO (March 23, 2021) – Illuminate Colorado (Illuminate) announced the organization has become the state office for Healthy Families America (HFA), Prevent Child Abuse America’s (PCA America) signature home visiting program and one of...
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