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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 Recovery

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

This program features a collaborative network of community resources that facilitate drug endangered child and family healing and recovery, including a focus on promoting effective intervention strategies for drug endangered children and families, such as Circle of Parents in Recovery support groups. Circle of Parents is an evidence-informed national model for parenting support. Community assessments in Colorado communities have shown that one of the greatest challenges for parents who have gone through substance abuse treatment is coming back home and finding themselves immersed in the very social networks that led to their addiction in the first place. Individuals in recovery desire help with parenting issues and input from peers who have experienced addiction impacting their children. Many of these families struggle with a lack of resources to facilitate ongoing healing and recovery. By strengthening healthy family living skills and creating a support network of recovering parents, this program gives parents the tools necessary to rebuild their families, become part of a supportive drug-free community, break the intergenerational cycles of chemical dependency and poverty, and provide a stable, healthy environment for their children. The training, technical assistance, and expert consultation provided by Illuminate Colorado is crucial in supporting communities in developing effective Circle groups and responding to the unique needs of families.

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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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