Programs & Initiatives

The Spectrum of Prevention

Used nationally to address complex public issues, the Spectrum of Prevention framework allows us to take a comprehensive approach to child maltreatment prevention, addressing the issue from multiple angles to create lasting change. 

Illuminate’s programs and initiatives strategically span our adapted Spectrum of Prevention, ensuring a holistic and lasting approach to building brighter childhoods.

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Supporting Families through Direct Service

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Building Public Awareness

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Educating Communities & Professionals

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Fostering Networks

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Influencing Policy

Supporting Families through Direct Service

This level focuses on providing information, education, and skills-building opportunities to individuals. By offering targeted services, we empower parents and caregivers with the tools and resources they need to create safe, nurturing environments for their children.

Bloom Yoga Practice

Research continues to show that yoga, breath awareness, and mindfulness activities are beneficial for well-being and mental health. Bloom Yoga offers trauma-informed yoga classes and mindfulness practices, promoting self-awareness and self-management skills for adults, families, and children alike.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/bloom-yoga.

Circle of Parents®

Circle of Parents® is a national program dedicated to empowering parents and caregivers with knowledge, skills and support to raise resilient, happy children. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children. It’s a place to find and share support among peers. As the Colorado chapter of Circle of Parents®, Illuminate Colorado works to bring peer-to-peer parent support groups to local communities across the state.

Illuminate also created Children’s Circle, an integrated program for the children of Circle of Parents® participants. Children’s Circle sessions are offered concurrent with Circle of Parents® sessions to provide a holistic approach to family support and strengthening.

Learn more at CircleOfParentsCO.org.

Illuminating Child Care

Illuminating Child Care provides an innovative systemic-approach to increasing access to child care for parents and caregivers navigating complex life situations, like mental health concerns, substance use disorders, or employment challenges, as they seek to strengthen their families. The program provides both community navigation support that connects families to resources, as well as mobile child care classrooms that offer child care to caregivers on-site where they’re getting the support they need.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/illuminating-child-care.

Family Connects Colorado

Illuminate Colorado is partnering with Family Connects International® to bring home visiting to all families with newborns in Colorado, at no cost to parents! Family Connects is an evidence-based model and successfully demonstrated program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits.

Learn more at FamilyConnectsColorado.org.

FASD Navigation

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Navigation program offers support and guidance to individuals, families, and professionals navigating the complexities of FASD. Through specialized guidance and collaborative community engagement, we contribute to positive outcomes for those impacted by FASD.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/FASDSupport.

Healthy Families America

As the state office for Healthy Families America (HFA), Prevent Child Abuse America’s signature home visiting program and one of the leading family support and evidence-based home visiting programs in the United States, we coordinate with HFA sites within the state while advocating for a continuum of home visiting services in Colorado.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/homevisiting.

Safe Babies

Safe Babies™ is a bottom-up approach to system and policy shifts that address the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and their caregivers who are entering or at risk of entering the child welfare system. The effort is rooted in honoring the experience of the individual family, respecting community culture, and using data to inform statewide efforts that globally support the well-being of all babies and their families.

Safe Babies™ consists of two components: Safe Babies Court Teams, an evidence-based intervention for families entering Child Welfare with at least one child under three; and Best for Babies, an innovative approach to preventing newborns from entering Child Welfare.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/safe-babies/

Building Public Awareness

This level focuses on raising awareness and educating the public about the issues that impact our mission. By increasing public awareness, the aim is to stimulate conversations, change attitudes, and create a foundation for further action.

Colorado Connected

Connected communities are the core of a vibrant Colorado where children and families thrive. COConnected is building connections that surround families with supportive networks, so parents do not feel alone when faced with challenges. Doing so creates a safe, stable environment for children to grow up in, producing positive childhood experiences and outcomes.

View the campaign website at CoConnected.org.

Pinwheels for Prevention

The Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign provides a unique opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention, supporting child and family friendly policies and services, and volunteering at the local, state, and national levels.

View the campaign website at CoPinwheelsForPrevention.org.

Smart Choices, Safe Kids

Illuminate Colorado created this educational resource for families, friends, and neighbors to get more information to guide us all through the choices we have to make at every age and stage of life to keep kids safe.

View the campaign website at SmartChoicesSafeKids.org.

Tip Colorado

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, adults need to take greater responsibility to educate themselves on how to create safer communities where everyone is actively thinking about how to prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse. Illuminate Colorado created this initiative to empower adults to protect children in every community in Colorado from experiencing child sexual abuse.

View the campaign website and sign up for trainings at TipColorado.org.

Time-Targeted Campaigns

These campaigns are time-bound and typically align with specific awareness months or program initiatives. There are two different categories of Time-Targeted Campaigns:

Awareness Month Campaigns – These campaigns are designed to capture attention during designated periods, emphasizing the importance of the issue at specific times of the year. By aligning with relevant awareness months, we can leverage existing momentum and engage a broader audience in discussions about the issue.

Program-Driven Campaigns – Paired with awareness messaging, yet going beyond general awareness, these campaigns entail promoting Illuminate’s specific programs, initiatives, and services.

Mission-Centered Communication

This type of communications work involves crafting messages that directly align with our organization’s mission and objectives. It emphasizes the purpose behind our work and the key messages related to achieving our mission.

Follow Illuminate Colorado’s channels to help us spread awareness of our mission!

Educating Communities & Profesionals

This level focuses on training and educating communities and professionals who work with children and families. By sharing knowledge and best practices, we’re equipping communities and professionals with the skills to safeguard children.

Bloom Yoga Training

These trainings, which combine education and yoga practice, show the benefits of stress management, self regulation, connection building, and coping skills. Learn about these skills for yourself, and gain tips and tricks to share with the children or families in your life.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/bloom-yoga.

Child Abuse and Neglect Expert Staffing (CANES)

The Child Abuse and Neglect Expert Staffing (CANES) consultation consists of a multidisciplinary team of experts engaging in critical thinking surrounding the dynamics and concerns at play in complex and challenging child abuse and/or neglect cases. The CANES Consultation team, including the invited subject matter experts and attendees, utilizes the Consultation and Information Sharing Framework to organize and analyze facts of the case and develop Considerations and Recommendations.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.com/canes.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainings

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, adults need to take greater responsibility to educate themselves on how to create safer communities where everyone is actively thinking about how to prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

Illuminate Colorado staff and local facilitators offer evidence-informed trainings and ongoing support to increase Colorado’s capacity to create safe spaces where children can thrive.

Learn more and register for trainings at TipColorado.org.

Conversation Guide for Professionals on Substance Use, Children, and Families Trainings

The Conversation Guide for Professionals on Substance Use, Children, & Families is a tool that provides ideas and resources to help family services professionals to use strengths-based conversations when working with families.  It focuses on helping professionals to address substance use, safe storage of substances, safe and engaged caregiving, and Protective Factors that promote child and family well-being.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/Conversation-Guide.

Child Welfare Training System Trainings

In partnership with the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Children and the Colorado Department of Human Services, Illuminate Colorado offers a variety of courses for caseworkers and supervisors on child welfare practice and family engagement through the Colorado Welfare Training System (CWTS).

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/trainings.

FASD Trainings

Illuminate Colorado’s FASD Trainings go beyond traditional support by offering comprehensive trainings for individuals, family members, and professionals. Our specialized educational initiatives empower individuals and families with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complexities of FASD. Simultaneously, we provide professionals across various fields with targeted training sessions, fostering a collaborative community committed to enhancing expertise and contributing to positive outcomes for individuals and families affected by FASD.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/FASDSupport.

Protective Factor Trainings

Discover our transformative trainings designed to cultivate Protective Factors and strengthen families, like “HOPE” and “Bringing the Protective Factors to Life In Your Work”. Join us in strengthening families and fostering resilience.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/trainings.

Youth Thrive

Built on the five protective factors, Youth Thrive offers trainings for both youth and community agencies. The Youth Thrive for Youth training gives youth the tools to build the protective factors in their lives and among their peers, while the agency training teaches organizations how to strengthen the presence of the protective factors in the lives of the youth they work with.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/trainings.

Fostering Networks

This level emphasizes the importance of collaboration and networking among different organizations and community stakeholders. By working together, we amplify our impact. We’re able to pool resources, share expertise, and coordinate efforts across the state to prevent child maltreatment.

CHoSEN Collaborative

Since 2017, the Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative or “CHoSEN” Collaborative has led the effort to increase consistency in implementation of best practice approaches in the identification of and response to newborns prenatally exposed to substances in the Rocky Mountain region.

Learn more at ChosenCollaborative.org.

Colorado Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Network

The Colorado Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Network exists to promote effective and comprehensive education, advocacy, and communication to prevent child sexual abuse and protect children.

Get involved at IlluminateColorado.org/CCSAP/.

Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project

The Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Project is advancing the infrastructure, capacity, equity and sustainability of Colorado’s maternal and child and early childhood systems of care to achieve the vision that “All children are valued, healthy and thriving and have equal access to services, supports and resources” in Colorado.

Learn more about the project at IlluminateColorado.org/ECCS.

Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership

The Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Partnership mission is to support families, providers, organizations, and policymakers to increase infant safe sleep practices and address related barriers and disparities, through education, practice change, and systems improvement.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/ISSP.

Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families

The Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (the Partnership) works collaboratively across the State of Colorado to create the conditions for strong families and communities where children are healthy, valued, and thriving.

As the backbone support team, Illuminate Colorado plays a crucial role in maintaining the structure and cohesion of the Partnership.

Learn more about the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families at COPartnershipForThrivingFamilies.org.

Colorado Strengthening Families Network

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five key protective factors.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/colorado-strengthening-families-network/.

San Luis Valley - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Consortium

Illuminate Colorado, in partnership with the San Luis Valley Neonatal Task Force, convenes this consortium to lead and implement a grant from HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The grant focuses on multiple strategies to advance community-based solutions to support families impacted by substance use disorders.

To learn more, contact Kelli Sutton at ksutton@illuminatecolorado.org.

SuPPoRT Colorado

Supporting Perinatal Substance Use Prevention, Recovery, and Treatment (SuPPoRT) Colorado envisions a Colorado that equitably serves all families through prevention and reduction of substance use during pregnancy, and provides multigenerational support for families to thrive.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/supportcolorado.

Influencing Policy

This highest level of the Spectrum of Prevention involves advocating for changes in laws, regulations, and policies at the local, state, or national level. By advocating for policies that support families and prioritize child well-being, we ensure that our laws and regulations create an environment where our children can thrive.

State & Federal Policy Education & Advocacy

For Colorado to remain one of the healthiest economies in the country, we need to work together to build brighter childhoods. Our future workforce, innovators, leaders, and community members can only reach their full potential through thoughtful development and investment in services and policies that strengthen families and protect children. It’s essential for elected officials and policy makers to understand how to prevent child maltreatment and listen to parents in every community.

Every legislative session, Illuminate crafts a policy agenda highlighting policy priorities that build one or more protective factors known to prevent child maltreatment to ensure Colorado’s policies build brighter childhoods.

Learn more at IlluminateColorado.org/policy-work.

Why Is Our Work Divided Up This Way?

Learn more about the frameworks we use and how they allow us to take a comprehensive approach to child maltreatment prevention.

Want to Support our Work?

At Illuminate Colorado, we believe in the power of strong, thriving families. Your support plays a pivotal role in creating a Colorado where children thrive. By supporting Illuminate Colorado, you’re not only preventing child maltreatment, but you’re also strengthening the very fabric of our communities.

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