Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families (SF) is a research-based framework which has been shown to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect and promote optimal development of children. The foundation of SF focuses 5 protective factors that build family strengths and reduce risks factors.

Protective Factors are the 5 characteristics in parents and their homes that result in better parenting skills and an increase in the health and well-being of children, families, and communities.

Parental Resilience—Bending But Not Breaking: The ability to manage the stressors of daily life while still remaining a strong parent.

Social Connections—Parents Need Friends Too: Having trusting positive relationships; friends, family, neighbors.

Concrete Supports in Times of Need: Identifying, accessing, and receiving needed adult, child and family services.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Understanding parenting best practice and developmentally appropriate child skills and behaviors.

Social and Emotional Competence of Children: Providing a safe, loving environment for your child to feel comfortable communicating with you and expressing their emotions.

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