Adams County consistently ranks higher than the Colorado state average for child abuse and neglect rates. The highest percentage of children who are abused or neglected are under the age of 5. Reducing the child abuse and neglect rate through prevention strategies is a high priority for ECPAC partners.
ECPAC’s Child Maltreatment Prevention effort first began in 2014, when the Strengthening Families Framework was adopted. This long-standing commitment set ECPAC up to engage community partners in a 9-month Child Maltreatment Prevention planning effort in 2018 and an award from the Colorado Department of Human Services to implement in 2019.
For more information regarding this Action Team, contact Stephanie Henderson ([email protected] / 303-650-2382)
The Strengthening Families 5 Protective Factors help parents find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.
Parental Resilience – managing stress and function well when faced with challenges, adversity, and trauma
Social Connections – positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, and spiritual support
Concrete Supports – access to supports and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development – understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development
Social and Emotional Competence of Children – family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions, and establish and maintain relationships