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What Youth Say

The What Youth Say project gives youth in foster care the opportunity to complete a short writing prompt worksheet anonymously using the attached writing prompt sheet. Youth can also choose to do a short interview with the recruitment and retention communication specialist to share their feelings related to the prompt. Short excerpts from these writing prompts and interviews will then be shared as quotes. The quotes will be displayed as memes and will only identify the youth with the first letter of their name and their age with no other identifying information.

Child Abuse and Neglect Social Media Toolkit

Graphics for organizations and community members to use across social media platforms to help raise awareness around the importance of strengthening families and child abuse and neglect prevention.

Colorado Heart Gallery

Help the Colorado Department of Human Services promote the Colorado Heart Gallery and highlight the approximately 400 children in foster care who are waiting for an adoptive family on your organizations’ social media channels.

Adoption Recruitment

There are currently over 400 children and youth in foster care waiting to be adopted. To support local efforts to find adoptive homes these youth, use these materials to inspire potential parents.

Child Abuse Reporting & Strengthening Families

The first step in helping to end child abuse and neglect in Colorado is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. Help educate and encourage Coloradans to report any and all concerns about the well-being of a child or teen.

Mandatory Reporting

More than 40 categories of professionals are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect in Colorado. Employers and professional associations are encouraged to use these resources to educate your networks. 

Child Trafficking

Child trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, including in Colorado. Use these materials to educate others. 

Early Adversity & Toxic Stress in Children

Partners across the state are using these resources to leverage their work with consistent messaging when discussing early childhood development, adversity, and toxic stress to keep shifting social norms toward positive social change for family and child well-being in Colorado. The Message Bank also includes examples of materials other partners have used.