DHS and Community Partners Join Efforts to Strengthen Families and Keep Kids Safe
Community invited to series of free events in multiple languages throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month in April
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.
“Strengthening our families and helping them to be more resilient and supported starts in our neighborhoods and communities,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The participation of our community partners is vital to providing these critical resources and information to our residents who need them.”
DHS will join the Colorado Department of Human Services and human services agencies across Colorado in drawing attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month by partnering with city agencies, local businesses, schools, and community partners to place blue Pinwheels for Prevention® throughout the city as a symbol of the community’s commitment to supporting children. DHS also encourages the community to wear blue on Tuesdays, or “bluesdays”, to further increase awareness. DHS will also participate in the Día del Niño event on April 29 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to provide resources and information for families in a fun setting.
“We know that there are certain factors that strong, healthy families have in common,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “When families can handle stress, have social connections and support, are informed about their child’s development, and can help their children manage feelings and relationships, those families are much less prone to incidents of child abuse or neglect. Promoting the development of these key protective factors is essential to building healthy families and keeping our children safe.”
DHS is providing more than $20,000 in grant funding to 19 community organizations to host free neighborhood events and programs that provide access to resources and information for families and kids. The following mini-grant awardee events are free and open to the public:
- April 11: Indigenous Film & Arts Festival – The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management will partner with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to offer a program of short films highlighting issues impacting indigenous youth, followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.
- April 14: Child Development: What Parents Should Know – Join Families Against Violent Acts for a child abuse prevention workshop for residents of Montbello and surrounding areas.
- April 19-20: Hope for the Future: Child Abuse Prevention Workshop – Hope Communities will partner with Hidden Brook Apartments and the Gardens to offer workshops discussing parent resilience and child development. Burmese and Nepali offered at Hidden Brook event.
- April 21: Community Block Party – Join Denver Dream Center for a block party at the Aztlan Recreation Center that will bring awareness to child abuse prevention.
- April 23 and April 26: Multicultural Community Education Classes – Father Joseph T. Dang hosts two town halls discussing Vietnamese and American cultural differences and parenting practices. English and Vietnamese interpretation available.
- April 25: Paths to Prevention: Suspension – Join Denver Children’s Home for a skills-based training for educators and administrators to learn how to prevent suspensions.
- April 28: APDC Presents “Children’s Day” – The Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) will host a family fair providing games and resources for parents and children that encourage interactive learning and support.
- April 28: United We Are – Denver Inner City Parish will host workshops incorporating emotional support, coping, and bonding for all ages with a job and resource fair.
- April 30: Foster Care and Human Trafficking Prevention: What You Need to Know – The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking will host a training at the Posner Center to help participants develop a baseline knowledge of human trafficking, specific to foster youth.
For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Month events, resources for families, or to see how you can get involved, visit denvergov.org/childsafety. If you or someone you know suspect a child is being abused, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437).