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Promoting strong families in our community is an important part of preventing child abuse and neglect before it ever occurs. Through Denver Human Services’ (DHS) Strengthening Families Through Community Partnerships program, organizations can apply for funding for qualifying events or activities that promote parental resilience and knowledge, family support, children’s wellbeing, and/or social connections, while enforcing COVID-19 safety measures.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Organizations can apply for monetary support to support event expense and/or non-monetary DHS staff support (i.e. Speaker(s) or presentations on services available to families. DHS staff are happy to attend virtual meetings and provide information on topics such as positive parenting, child support, parenthood programs, parent education, kinship support, and more.
If your organization has activities or events scheduled that promote family strength, resiliency, and support, we'd love to partner with you!
The Strengthening Families Through Community Partnerships supports eligible events in the City and County of Denver by:
- Providing up to $1,500 for expenses that benefit events that are centered around at least 1 of the 5 Protective Factors. Expense can include food, supplies, and promotional items, incentives, among other things.
- Denver Human Services leadership and/or staff can attend events to provide information on supportive services and programs available. Topics may include, but are not limited to child support, fatherhood programs, parenthood programs, 5 Protective Factors workshops and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshops, parent education, kinship support, TANF, and SNAP.
- Assistance with promoting event awareness by using DHS networks/platform; social media; newsletters and emails to help spread awareness to your event.
- Usage of DHS logo on printed materials with pre-approval.
All Events MUST Have a primary focus on at least 1 of the 5 Five Projective Factors:
1. Parental Resilience- The ability to recover from difficult life experiences and often to be strengthened by and even transformed by those experiences.
Some examples of building Parental Resilience in the community:
- A support group for parents/other caregivers (coffee club, knitting club, gardening).
- A workshop/speaker around self-care, discussion around how to manage stress.
2. Social Connections -Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support
Some examples of building Social Connections in the community:
- A community event that allows families to connect with each other.
- Workshop/Training that includes building skills around reaching out to others, communicating and/or resolving conflict.
3. Concrete Supports In Times of Need -Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges.
Some examples of building Concrete Supports in Times of Need in the community:
- Printed resources and/or a resource table at an event, with information on programs and benefits that can help children and families.
- A workshop or training around centered around families support and they can access help and support when in need.
4. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development -Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development
Some examples of building Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development in the community:
- Education around parenting/child development, which could include a training, workshop, or resource table.
- A training around discipline practices.
5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children -Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.
Some examples of building Social and Emotional Competence of Children in the community:
- An activity for children around feelings and self-esteem.
- Information for parents around social/emotional development by age of the child.