Colorado creates a Stay At Home CO Guide – Find resources and ideas to get through this together!

Colorado creates a Stay At Home CO Guide – Find resources and ideas to get through this together!

This week, Colorado created a Stay At Home CO Guide full of free resources, support and activities to help you, your family, and your loved ones during this time.

While we are on a statewide Stay at Home Order and as we continue to practice physical distancing, social support has never been more important to families because isolation and economic stress increase risks for child maltreatment and family violence. 

VISIT WWW.STAYATHOMECO.COLORADO.GOV TO ADD RESOURCES YOUR ORGANIZATION IS OFFERING OR FIND ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS!

We also know that families are trying to meet their basic needs right now. This is the best tool we have right now to increase concrete supports in times of need – one of the five ways we can strengthen families and prevent child abuse. Whether you are looking for help with rent control, understanding the stay at home order, or healthcare coverage, you can begin here.

The website is regularly updated and also includes many hotlines to report concerns and access support, including the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, Colorado Crisis Line and Domestic Violence hotline, as well as wellness, education and entertainment activities for families.

Submit suggestions of free resources that are helping Coloradans stay at home and keep families strong. 

It is up to ALL of US to promote the positive and strengthen families.

Right now, it is critical that all families have equal access to help getting through this time. Everyone deserves a chance to thrive, and each of us can play a role in helping families that are struggling, especially now.

Share tips, resources and stories about programs that have helped you get through tough times. Hearing stories and recommendations from other parents who have accessed support has an incredibly impact on our communities.

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Advocates Begin Campaign to Strengthen Families During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Advocates Begin Campaign to Strengthen Families During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Today, Illuminate Colorado, in coordination with Prevent Child Abuse America, and other state and local community partners throughout Colorado, begins a month-long nationwide awareness and impact campaign: Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen—Especially You, Especially Now!” to engage Coloradans in strengthening families to prevent child maltreatment.

“When parents are stressed, have few social connections, and limited access to resources to support their families, the risk to children of experiencing toxic stress and child maltreatment is great,” said Jade Woodard executive director of Illuminate Colorado. “We are asking Coloradans to learn about the positive things we all need to be doing to strengthen families right now.”

Visit www.COPinwheelsForPrevention.org to learn more and get involved during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Download the press release Announcing the Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen – Especially You, Especially Now! Campaign. 

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Thank you 9NEWS morning anchor Corey Rose for Illuminating Media

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The media plays such a big part in shaping the environments in which we are raising our children. Illuminate Colorado would like to recognize 9NEWS and Corey Rose with the 2020 inaugural Illuminating Media Award for helping to build brighter childhoods.

Four months ago, 9NEWS posted this video and got our attention with Rose talking about the “pressures of being a mom” which got us talking and tearing up at our office.

April is child abuse prevention month (CAPM), a time when we help people understand that safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are necessary to ensure that children thrive. Right now, that message is more critical than ever. Parents are under a lot of stress right now and they need support from everyone, including the media.

By sharing her own personal stories and the positive stories of other parents to educate and empower parents to be the parents that they want to be, Rose and the KUSA-9NEWS team are significantly helping to prevent child abuse in Colorado since this first video. Creating a space for parents to connect to one another in the It takes a Village Facebook Group, in addition to telling stories on air that matter to parents, provides a way to build critical social connections to strengthen our families and communities in Colorado.

We thought the best way to begin our CAPM awareness efforts was by thanking a member of the media for telling positive and supportive stories that reinforce all of the protective factors that have the power to prevention child abuse.

We hope there are more examples out there this month. We encourage you to thank journalist and media outlets that focus on ways to prevention child abuse and highlight programs and organizations strengthening families.

Share and RT positive media stories with “ #DoingmypartCO to Make #Greatchildhoods Right Now” to help strengthen families in Colorado right now.

Thank you 9NEWS morning anchor Corey Rose for Illuminating Media and helping to make #greatchildhoods happen in Colorado.

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It is important to raise awareness and promote positive messages now more than ever.

It is important to raise awareness and promote positive messages now more than ever.

We recognize that the added stress of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Colorado, the closure of schools and child care services and social distancing places children and families at greater risk for toxic stress and child maltreatment. We need to support each other now more than ever, just from six feet away or simply checking in online, text or phone call to see how a friend is doing. You can still talk to one another, in fact it is critical that you do. 

Illuminate Colorado intends to continue to support raising awareness for the prevention of child abuse next month and we will continue to promote positive messages and information through our social media channels for parents and caregivers to help navigate this situation. 

Because shipping and handling of pinwheels may be impacted by this current crisis, we highly encourage you to ORDER pinwheels immediately if you plan to have pinwheels at your home or work during the month of April. We are assessing the situation daily, but there may be a disruption in shipping processes. We will update the www.copinwheelsforprevention.org website with updated information and inform pinwheels recipients if your order will not be able to be fulfilled in a timely-manner. 

We encourage you to join us for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, March 18
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
RSVP to add to your calendar and get call-in and web link. 

[REGISTRATION IS CLOSED]

We will talk about ways you can get active online during child abuse prevention month and provide a space to connect with one another to learn how other communities and organizations are handling this unique circumstance. 

Many of the statewide efforts during child abuse prevention month were focused on online engagement, but we understand that many local communities are canceling or reevaluating child abuse prevention month activities for April. 

Communicating positive messages that support parents and children are paramount. We are offering the Strengthening Communications Network, a new FREE tool included with the download of the Pinwheels for Prevention Awareness Toolkit [TOOLKIT NO LONGER AVAILABLE] to anyone who would like to receive daily suggested content to help strengthen families, please email Illuminate Colorado Communications Director KFacchinello@illuminatecolorado.org if you would like to join or simply download the toolkit [TOOLKIT NO LONGER AVAILABLE] for child abuse prevention month to learn more. 

Are you an engaging extrovert who can help promote prevention in your community?

Are you an engaging extrovert who can help promote prevention in your community?

Get prepared to get out into the community during child abuse prevention month, and all year-long, to give presentations to your local rotary, community cafes, chamber of commerce or church!

One of the best ways to gain understanding of what it’s like to experience something you yourself have never been through is to hear someone who has had that experience talk about it. Hearing personal stories of parents and volunteers has a unique kind of impact; it’s very effective in making the audience think, I have the power to prevent child abuse. 

By the same token, another very effective way of really getting the point across to somebody is to have an expert, community leader or an authority present information about prevention. For example, a group of new moms may be more interested in what a pediatrician has to say than they would be in the views of a layperson, or maybe both!

Speakers can narrow the gap between talking about something and fully understanding it. For this reason, the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in Colorado is building a speakers bureau program to promote strengthening families in the community and understanding of how everyone can prevent child maltreatment. Engaging extroverts who would like to join the Prevention Promoters Speakers Bureau should attend a 2 hour training

Volunteers, nonprofit board members and leaders, fellow advocate, experts and people with lived experiences will all benefit from an opportunity to:

  • Spend some time reviewing framing and messaging best practices and learn fun interactive games to use with large groups to illustrate the importance of child abuse prevention.
  • Get comfortable delivering your “elevator speech”, as well as your 10 -15 min community presentation great for rotary groups, church groups, chambers of commerce or media interviews. 
  • Get feedback from your peers and tips and tricks for media interviews and public speaking engagements to improve your community outreach efforts!

Click HERE to learn more about the Prevention Promoters Speakers Bureau and sign up for the first training on March 4th.

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