A Colorado Where All Children and Families Thrive
Strong economies and communities where our children thrive are built when we harness the power of government, business and philanthropy and the nonprofit sectors to effectively strengthen families together.
Our children are our future employees, leaders and neighbors. No matter where they live, children need high-quality experiences and loving relationships to support healthy development.
Everyone in the community needs to get involved to prevent child maltreatment.
How We Work
With a research-based approach that emphasizes building promotive and protective factors, we address systemic and multi-sector issues by collaborating with families and partners at the community, state and national level to develop and implement powerful programs, policies and initiatives that keep kids safe in Colorado.
In 2017, several nonprofit organizations in Colorado consolidated to leverage resources and increase capacity to more effectively prevent child maltreatment in Colorado. Since then we’ve grown exponentially in service of our mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment.
We Work Upstream and Downstream to Strengthen FamiliesOur Work Spans the Continuum of Prevention
We work upstream to strengthen all families and stop child maltreatment before it ever starts.
We bring focused energy and attention to strengthen families with risk factors associated with child maltreatment.
We collaborate to strengthen families involved in the child protection system to give children who have experienced maltreatment brighter futures.
Creating Transformational Change
We Mobilize People and Organizations to Tackle Complex Issues Across the Spectrum of Prevention
Policy strengthens families and prevents child maltreatment.
Changing Organizational Practice
Organizations are structured to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
Fostering Coalitions & Networks
Coalitions and networks advance strategies, policies and practices that strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
Strengthening Individual Skills & Knowledge
Families maintain and apply protective factors that strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
Promoting Community Education
Community norms build protective factors that strengthen families and prevents child maltreatment.
Professionals strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
Child maltreatment in Colorado is prevented through strong families, organizations, communities and policies.
News & Updates
“Prevention happens in partnership” is a phrase often repeated by the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), Dr. Melissa Merrick. As the Colorado chapter of PCAA these words rang especially true for us at Illuminate Colorado in 2021. As we began to...
Like many Americans, we are still processing what the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade means for families. We are grateful for the advocacy led by Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and Cobalt on the...
Like all parents, I have a ton of stuff going on. I overcommit to things, I always think there is more time in the day, and when I feel the crunch of obligations begin to weigh down on me, the dictator starts to come out. I rarely give myself or my daughter any wiggle room for the inevitable unknowns that may arise in life, like an accident on the freeway when we are already running late.
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Join us by sharing your lived experiences with policymakers or contributing your story to the narrative in Colorado promote positive community norms that strengthen families.
Communities have a huge influence in families’ lives. Look for ways to promote protective factors in your community and put prevention in action with the children and families in your life.
Support Our Work
Your investment empowers us to strengthen families, organization and communities to prevention child maltreatment in Colorado.
National Affiliations and State Chapters
Illuminate has strong partnerships with several national organizations to develop and implement powerful programs, policies and initiatives that keep kids safe in Colorado.
Darkness to Light
We are the State Intermediary & Authorized Facilitators of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® and a proud Partner in Prevention.