Strengthening Families – Protective Factors

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five protective factors.

  1. Parental Resilience
  2. Social Connections
  3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  4. Concrete Support in Times of Need
  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Using the Strengthening Families framework, more than 30 states are shifting policy and practice to help programs working with children and families focus on protective factors. States apply the Strengthening Families approach in early childhood, child welfare, child abuse prevention and other child and family serving systems.

Read more about the Strengthening Families Goals: 1. Strengthened Families | 2. Optimal Child Development | 3. Reduced Likelihood of Child Abuse & Neglect


Bring this Framework to Life in Your Work

Implementation in multiple settings: Home Visits & Early Care and Education | Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention & Child Welfare

  • In-person or online training to support implementation of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings
  • 7 courses, each about 2 hours long,
    • Introduction & Orientation
    • A course on each of the 5 factors
    • A wrap-up course that moves users from knowledge to action

National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds | Email


Click here to find a local Arizona trainer!


Additional Links:

What Makes Your Family Strong | Connect the Dots | Facebook | Twitter | Center for the Study if Social Policy | Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families – Protective Factors December 4, 2015