Strengthening Families through Protective Factors

Evidence supports the idea that five protective factors are foundational for strong, healthy and responsive families. When present, the likelihood of maltreatment is lessened and children’s development is optimized. Strengthening families is a research-based framework that demonstrates how existing services across agencies can be linked and enhanced to build these much needed protective factors in families.

Topics include:

  • The five protective factors:
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete supports in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children
  • The family-strengthening framework
  • Opportunities to broaden the organizational underpinnings key to coordinating and integrating services to support families
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