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Illuminate Colorado Inc.

Illuminate Colorado works across multiple levels and strategies to prevent child maltreatment and build strong families. The prevention of child abuse and neglect not only alleviates suffering and ensures stronger communities, but also helps children and families to actualize their full potential.

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Develop research-based recommendations, coordinate the Colorado Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Coalition, and increase access to evidence-informed curricula for preventing child sexual abuse including courses on Nurturing Health Sexual Development, Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Child Sexual Abuse, Understanding & Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children, and Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children.

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Smart Choices, Safe Kids

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families

Description

Education and public awareness program to keep kids safe from hazardous substances, including professional education through the Substance Use Conversation Guide.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Long term success will be evident through change on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, the Kids Count report, and Child Maltreatment data indicators relevant to defined long term success.

Circle of Parents in Colorado

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Description

Community creates brighter childhoods. Parents with a social network of emotionally supportive friends, family, and neighbors often find that it is easier to care for their children and themselves. All parents need people they can call on once in a while when they need a sympathetic listener, advice or support. To help parents find that support in their lives, Illuminate Colorado is focused on growing Circle of Parents® in Colorado.

This national, evidence informed model provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It's a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children. It's a place where they can find and share support.

Circle of Parents® groups typically meet once a week, at no cost to any participant. Weekly and consistent attendance is encouraged to assist in developing a support network and increase comfort within the group. There is no annual fee to host a group and Illuminate Colorado provides support to facilitators and parent leads by answering questions, offering peer support and educational resources and highlighting best practices.

Since announcing the initiative to grow Circle of Parents, a national, evidence informed model in Colorado in July, the response from community-based organizations in a variety of industries has been incredible. In just five months, 11 new groups in Denver, Pueblo, Trinidad, Rifle, Conifer, Commerce City, and Montrose have popped up.

Help us grow Circle of Parents in Colorado!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence informed program utilizing the Retrospective Protective Factors Survey which indicates increases in protective factors for participating families.

Education and Outreach

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
General Public
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Description

Illuminate Colorado offers professional education and support through conferences, trainings, seminars, presentations, publications, community outreach, social media, including course offerings through the Colorado Child Welfare Training System and coordination of the biennial Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference.

In addition, we facilitate and provide expert case consultation for child welfare and law enforcement agencies on complex child abuse and neglect cases across Colorado.

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Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Children birth to age 3
Female Young Adults (20 - 25 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Description

Illuminate Colorado leads collaborative approaches to decreasing substance use during pregnancy and increasing identification of infants and children affected by prenatal substance exposure, including coordination of a Hospital Learning Collaborative and FASD Awareness Month Activities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Commitment from agencies across the state in updating their policies and practices for women using substances during pregnancy and babies born prenatally exposed to substances.

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