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Strong Families Make Safe Kids

Keeping our children safe and well is essential for a happy home. By developing positive parenting skills, you can build healthy, supportive relationships with your children, even when they make mistakes. 


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What You Need To Know

Although parenting and life situations can be stressful, remember that you’re not alone! Along with our state and community partners, we provide a variety of resources to help you:

  • Remain calm when the pressure builds
  • Find safe care for your children
  • Support teens with the stresses they face
  • Provide healthier, more nutritious meals
  • Protect your children from leading causes of injury and death

No doubt about it, parenting is hard. The next time you feel the pressure building—STOP! Try these simple tricks to remain calm:

  • Take a deep breath … and another. Remember that you are the adult.
  • Close your eyes and imagine you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.
  • Press your lips together and count to 10 – or better yet, to 20.
  • Try putting your child in a time out. Remember this rule: one time-out minute for each year of age.
  • Put yourself in a time-out.
  • Phone a friend.
  • If someone you trust can watch the children, go outside and take a walk, take a hot bath, or splash cold water on your face.
  • Turn on some relaxing music.
  • Pick up a pencil and write down as many positive words as you can think of. Save the list.
  • If you need more help, it’s okay to call the Colorado Crisis Services line at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 anytime, day or night.

If you need someone to watch your child while you work, go to school, or even just run a quick errand, here are some things to consider:

  • Don’t ever allow someone to watch your child if you’re not 100% certain they’ll care for your infant or toddler as you would. If you aren’t sure, you could be making a deadly mistake.
  • When children are abused, it’s most often by someone they know.
  • Many children who die from physical abuse are killed by the mother’s boyfriend or by the father’s girlfriend.
  • Spend time observing your partner/babysitter with your child before leaving them alone together.
  • If you expect to need care routinely, such as for school or work, you may be eligible for free or reduced child care
  • If your child is age 3-5, he/she may be eligible to attend free or reduced-tuition preschool or kindergarten through Denver Public Schools.
  • For afterschool care and school breaks, check out Denver Parks and Recreation's out-of-school programs and summer camps or search Denver Afterschool Alliance's program locator.

From free, healthy summertime meals to easy home recipes, we have a wealth of information about nutritious food options. Learn more about feeding your family, including whether you qualify for financial assistance. 

You shouldn’t have to feel scared in your own home. If you fear for your safety or the safety of your children, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) anytime, day or night, or visit If you need immediate assistance or feel you’re in danger, call 911.    

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Call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information about any of our programs or services for children and families.


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