A Community Approach to Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

The Not One More Child coalition was created in January of 2012 by El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark and 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May with the goal of not seeing one more child in El Paso County die as a result of abuse or neglect. Representatives from more than 40 organizations in El Paso County are a part of the coalition focused on child abuse and neglect prevention. Collaborative efforts since the founding of the coalition have resulted in a significant decrease in abusive head trauma and fatalities due to abuse and neglect.

Next Coalition Meeting

The next meeting will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in May, on a date yet to be determined, at the Citizens Service Center (1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road) in the 1st floor Assessors Training Room. The public is invited to attend. To be added to the mailing list please email KristinaIodice@elpasoco.com or call (719) 444-5533.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month dedicated to highlighting the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This calendar details events and activities for the month.

Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Hotline:

Child Abuse Prevention Month Pinwheel Support Group
County staff, elected officials, community members and others celebrate the installation of a giant pinwheel for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April 2017.

Additional Information

There are multiple task force groups within the Not one More Child Coalition.. If you are interested in becoming a part of a task force, please contact the lead for the group.

Prevention Framework – Peaceful Households received a grant that will fund work on developing a community plan for preventing child abuse and neglect. Lead: Kathy Orr, kathy.orr@peacefulhouseholds.org or (719) 351-0893

Data – Compiles data about child fatalities and serious injuries to look for trends; Lead: Mike Duysen, MikeDuysen@elpasoco.com or (719) 578-37033

Communications – Works on communication plans to include videos and other materials to reach out to the community; Lead: Kristina Iodice, KristinaIodice@elpasoco.com or (719) 444-5533

Hospitals and the Medical Community – Focuses on ways to reach out to parents before, during and after births at hospitals and medical offices; Lead: Helen Israel, Helen.israel@childrenscolorado.org or (719) 365-2435

First Responders – Considers ways first responders can reach out to the people they come in contact with during emergencies or other activities; Lead: Kim Kitchen KimKitchen@elpasoco.com or (719) 520-6076

Faith Based Community – Engages the faith based community in child abuse prevention and coordinates efforts; Lead: Kerry MacIntyre, kmacintyre@kyndrashope.org or (719) 575-9887

Military – Works to make sure all military families have the education and resources they need to safely care for their children; Lead: Jill Nugin jill.m.nugin.civ@mail.mil or (719) 526-0445

Meetings are usually held every other month, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on a Monday at the Citizens Service Center (1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road). If you are interested in receiving emails associated with Not One More Child, email KristinaIodice@elpasoco.com.

Meeting Notes

Presentations of Interest

The Colorado Department of Human Services offers information online on child care licensing as well as ratings and provider history.

The American Red Cross offers babysitting and child care classes in the region.

These small posters on “How to Select a Safe Caregiver” can be shared and printed for posting in public spaces:

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. The hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. The number is 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

Center On Fathering – The Center on Fathering offers a continuum of services designed to meet the needs of fathers in our community: education/training, support groups, outreach, and resources/referrals.

Family Resource Network –  The organization provides the education, and programs for children and families including a variety of parenting classes. Most insurance plans are accepted and rates vary. Visit the website or email shawntel@familyresourcenetworkco.com for more information.

Online Parent Class – The for-profit website offers educationally based online classes designed to teach parents more effective skills to better interact with their children and others involved in the parenting process.

Mapping Child Abuse and Neglect Data

Child abuse and neglect can happen in any location, any kind of family and any type of economic situation. However, mapping child abuse and neglect data can reveal trends, especially as the population in our region changes.