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. This year, you'll also notice the City and County Building lighted in blue to show support for increased awareness about this important topic.
Métodos de eficiencia comprobada para que los padres ayuden a los niños a crecer y para mantener fuertes a las familias.
1. Sea fuerte ante el estrés
La capacidad de adaptación es manejar el estrés y enfrentar la vida incluso cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles.
2. Fomente buenas amistades
Tener una red de amigos y familiares nos ayuda a sentirnos seguros, tranquilos y nos da fuerzas.
3. Cultive su conocimiento sobre crianza y desarrollo infantil
No existe el padre perfecto, pero sabiendo qué esperar hace que el trabajo sea más fácil.
4. Pida apoyo cuando lo necesite
Algunos problemas son muy grandes para resolver solo. Saber dónde obtener ayuda en la comunidad puede hacer la vida más fácil.
5. Ayude a su niño a manejar sus sentimientos y relaciones
Ayude a los niños a desarrollar habilidades de modo que ellos puedan manejar sus emociones y construir relaciones saludables con sus compañeros y adultos.
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. Denver Human Services (DHS) offers grant funding opportunities for Denver community organizations to organize community events and programs in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Congratulations to this year's awardees!
*Denotes second consecutive year of receiving the grant
**Private event not open to the public
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.
DPALS is a prevention program of Denver Human Services that leverages the power of peer-to-peer mentoring as a way to further support parents and families who are currently involved with the child welfare system.
The DPALS provide other parents with mentorship, encouragement, outreach and connections to resources that help parents make the changes needed to meet their children’s needs - and ultimately move towards reunification and/or appropriate alternate permanent homes for children.
To be assigned a DPAL for support you must have an open case within the Denver child welfare system. After that, you can:
The first step to becoming a DPAL is to attend an open house. Click here to register for the next open house on May 24.
For more information about times, dates and locations, email DPALS@denvergov.org or call the DPALS office line at 720-944-6330.
Learn more about child abuse prevention and get ideas on how you can make a difference in a child or family's life by calling 1-800-Children (244-5373)