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Preventing Child Abuse

We all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect 

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. 

Throughout April, we'll be offering free events in the community (click here for flyers in Spanish and Vietnamese), including: 

  • Wellness Fair for families at Denver Human Services on April 7 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Click here for information in Spanish.  
  • Get your free tickets for a motivational afternoon with international best-selling author and child welfare advocate, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW on Saturday, April 29 
  • Attend a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on April 15, 21 or  27
  • Various community events offered by our mini-grant recipients (see below for details)

1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)

Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.

Additional parenting resources:

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!  

  • Denver Housing Authority: community dinners for residents at several of their sites.**
  • Junteenth Music Festival:  workshops and a panel discussion, April 22 at King Baptist Church.
  • Mile High Early Learning: community-wide early childhood resource and activity fair on April 29.
  • Denver Dream Center: Adopt-a-Block "Building Community, Building Hope" event, April 29 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at Aztlan Rec Center. Spanish language services available.
  • International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management: short films and a presentation by Elicia Good Soldier, Co-Chair of the Denver American Indian Commission, April 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • Denver Five Points Family Leadership Training Institute: a showcase of community projects and expert panel on family leadership and community resiliency, April 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Boys and Girls Club of Denver - Vickers: community event for youth with speakers hosted by Life Changers, April 29 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Vickers Boys and Girls Club.
  • Griffith Centers for Children: lunch and learn at Young Americans Center for Financial Education.**
  • Denver's Early Childhood Council: interactive event that will teach families stress-management techniques, April 30 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sam Gary Branch Library.
  • Warren Village First Step*: training for caretakers and play-therapy activities for kids. Spanish interpreters available on request
  • HOPE Center*: family dinner, presentation and dialogue about child development and healthy relationships.** 
  • Denver Indian Family Resource Center*: Native Art Workshop, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call 720-500-1010 to register. 
  • Sun Valley Youth Center*: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on April 21; a weekend away for families from April 7 - 9.

*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.

What DPALS Do

  • DPALS help maintain connections between parents and children by observing and advocating for children and family rights.
  • DPALS provide a sense of hope and inspiration through encouragement, outreach, and connecting parents with resources
  • DPALS support families by attending voices meetings, court, treatment, recovery, or other gatherings with the parent

How to be Assigned a DPAL for Support

To be assigned a DPAL for support you must have an open case within the Denver child welfare system. After that, you can:

  1. Contact your caseworker and request to be assigned a DPAL
  2. Send your request to DPALS@denvergov.org (we will contact you directly)
  3. Call the DPALS office line at 720-944-6330 and request that a DPALS contacts you

How to Become a DPAL

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)

 

To report suspected child abuse and neglect, call 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)