Get active in Colorado during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Your voice matters.

Latest estimates show that Colorado is home to nearly 1.3 million children, 26% are under the age of five. 

One in five Colorado parents say they feel like they have no one they can turn to for day-to-day emotional support in raising children. 

As part of the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), along with hundreds of community partners and county agencies, are marking the start of National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) with an event at the Colorado State Capitol on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9:00 am. 

The event will feature speakers, including Colorado Lt.Gov. Donna Lynne, addressing the importance of individuals and communities working together to strengthen families, which is one of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse from occurring. 

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Use your networks.

Below are just a few ways you can use your voice to draw attention to the importance of strengthening families. We encourage you to explore the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign website and the "How You Can Help Search Tool" to learn more about the programs and organizations working to strengthen families in your county and encourage your networks to make a difference. 

 Don't know what to say?Visit the 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit for
sample talking points, proclamation and social media messages.  

Join with organizations and individuals across Colorado and the country to bring awareness to prevention by wearing blue.

Participate in the #Pinwheels4Prevention statewide pinwheel photo contest. Winners will receive grants to be used to support organizations striving to prevent child abuse and neglect.  

Five protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect. Learn more about prevention and the Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action

One of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse is to strengthen families. Learn 50+ ways for neighbors, community organizations, employers, people in the service industry and spiritual community to strengthen families. 

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Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
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.