We all play a role in strengthening families.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect, and Denver Human Services invites all of Denver to take part in activities and raise awareness and promote child safety and family wellness.
Helping families build healthy, positive relationships is a major part of the prevention of child abuse and it takes an entire educated community. Each year, we work with business, government and community partners to place blue Pinwheels for Prevention throughout Denver as a symbol of our community’s commitment to protecting our children.
2018 Mini-Grant Awardees and Events
Keeping families strong and children safe is a role all people play in Denver, especially community organizations who interact with children and families regularly in their own neighborhoods.
In 2018, Denver Human Services is partnering with 19 community organizations to promote the strengthening of families and child safety as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month activities in April.
The community events, which range from workshops and trainings, to resource fairs and even a film festival, will be presented in multiple languages with a general goal of empowering community members to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families. Many of the events will specifically focus on building strong supports for families who are new to our city.
Below is a list of the 2018 awardees. Details of events that are open to the public are listed below each organization:
- Lutheran Family Services
- Hope Communities
Hope for the Future: Child Abuse Prevention Workshop
April 18 (Wed), 6-7:30 p.m.
Hidden Brook Apartments
1313 Xenia Street, Denver, CO 80220
April 19 (Thu), 6-7:30 p.m.
4919 E. Thrill Place, Denver, CO 80207
Workshops discussing parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, and concrete supports. Burmese and Nepali offered at Hidden Brook event.
- Families Against Violent Acts
Child Development: What Parents Should Know
April 14 (Sat), 12-2 p.m.
4840 N. Chambers Rd., Unit A, Denver, CO 80239
Child abuse prevention workshop for residents of Montbello and surrounding areas.
- Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC)
APDC Presents "Children's Day"
April 28 (Sat), 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80219
Family fair providing games and resources for parents and children that encourage interactive learning and support from APDC and partner organizations.
- Muslim Family Services of Colorado
Strengthening Muslim Families in America
April 14 (Sat), 6-9 p.m.
Masjid Abu Bakr (CMS)
2071 S. Parker Rd., Denver, CO
Featured speakers, parents and youth panel, parenting advice and more. Arabic/Somali interpretation provided.
- Focus Points Family Resource Center
- Families Forward Resource Center (Green Valley Ranch)
- Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Foster Care and Human Trafficking Prevention: What You Need to Know
April 30 (Mon), 6-8 p.m.
1031 33rd St., Denver, CO 80205
Training to help participants develop a baseline knowledge of human trafficking, specific to foster youth.
- MotherWise (University of Denver)
- Denver Indian Center, Inc.
- Father Joseph Dang's Community Services
Multicultural Community Education Classes
April 23 (Mon) and April 26 (Thu), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
1339 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219
Two town halls discussing Vietnamese and American cultural differences and parenting practices. Panel will include experts from Denver Health, Denver Human Services, Denver Police Department, and community resource navigators. English and Vietnamese interpretation available.
- Estara Health and Wellness
Holistic Health Traditions for the Prevention of Child Abuse
April 10, 17, and 24 (Tuesdays), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sun Valley DHA
990 Alcott Way, Denver, CO 80204
Community classes that support health and relationships with focus on the Five Protective Factors using a culturally based model. Offered in Spanish and English.
- Denver Inner City Family Parish
United We Are
April 28 (Sat), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
2525 S. Decatur St., Denver, CO 80219
Workshops incorporating emotional support, coping, and bonding for all ages with a job and resource fair.
- From the Heart Enterprises
- Hope Center*
- International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management*
Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
April 11 (Wed), 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2100 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205
A program of short films highlighting issues impacting indigenous youth, followed by an audience question-and-answer session and discussion led by one of the filmmakers.
- Sun Valley Youth Center*
- Denver Dream Center*
Community Block Party
April 21 (Sat), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Aztlan Recreation Center
4435 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211
Community block party to bring awareness to child abuse prevention.
- Denver Children's Home*
Paths to Prevention: Suspension
April 25 (Wed), 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
1536 Albion St., Denver, CO 80205
Skills-based training for educators and administrators to learn how to prevent suspensions.
*Denotes second consecutive year of receiving grant
Five Protective Factors
Proven ways for parents to help kids grow and maintain strong families include:
1. Be Strong in the Face of Stress
Resilience is managing stress and dealing with your life even when things get difficult.
2. Nurture Caring Friendships
Having a network of friends and family helps us feel secure, confident and empowered.
3. Grow Your Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
There is no perfect parent, but knowing what to expect does make the job easier.
4. Ask for Support When You Need It
Some problems are too big to solve alone. Knowing where to get help in the community can make it easier.
5. Help Your Child Manage Feelings and Relationships
Help children develop skills so they can manage their emotions and build healthy relationships with their peers and adults.