About the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action

Community planners, policy makers and community foundations play a role by helping to build communities that support families. The Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action shares a vision for communities to work collectively and locally to prevent child maltreatment. It will guide planning and mobilize action to ensure all children are valued, healthy and thriving.

In 2014, the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, countless state and local agencies and partners began working together to design a framework to serve as a national model for the prevention of maltreatment.

Partners reviewed literature and talked to hundreds of parents and professionals to identify principles, strategies and data-driven outcomes for the prevention of child maltreatment. Together, partners evaluated Colorado’s programs, services and policies based on the Strengthening Families™ research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. 

Thanks to the support of the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, the Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, and the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect in the Children’s Bureau, an Office of the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Colorado launched the Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action in April 2017 to help local communities create a more focused and better integrated plan to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being.

This framework is designed as a tool to guide strategic thinking, at the state and local level, about resource investments to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being. As this tool is used collectively across the state, the resulting alignment of strategies will maximize the impact on shared outcomes.

Anchored by six foundational principles, the framework outlines potential strategies that when implemented will achieve four overarching outcomes to ensure that all children are valued, healthy and thriving.   

Ten communities in Colorado will be receiving financial support and technical assistance to implement this framework, and the hope is all communities will utilize this and other tools available on this website to help build communities that supports families.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)
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