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Protective Factors

Strengthening Families and Promoting Child Well-Being

Protective Factors have been proven to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. 

Strong Families Alliance is committed to strengthening families and promoting child well being by connecting families to resources and services. 

Click below to learn more about Protective Factors and the organizations that provide supportive services or by contacting Family Paths’ 24 hour Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777.

Parenting

Education from peers & professionals

Parenting Classes Latina Mom Reads to Boys

Child Development | Positive Parenting Strategies

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Knowledge of parenting means that parents and caregivers understand child development stages by using effective and positive parenting strategies and have age-appropriate expectation for their children’s abilities. Strong Families Alliance member organizations offer general and age-specific informal interactions, parental coaching on specific challenges, parent education, and provide opportunities for networking with others to find trusted people for information on what is normal for your child. 

SFA Service Providers

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Concrete Supports

In times of need

 

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Information & Referrals| Case Management

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Families that can provide basic needs – food, clothing, shelter, are better able to focus on other essential aspects of their life. Strong Families Alliance provides programs that connect parents with economic resources such as job training and placement referrals, provide support around domestic violence and mental health issues, provide housing and food resources and off child abuse prevention services. Parents and caregivers can then share resources within their circle of friends and family which builds a strong safety net of support.  

SFA Service Providers

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Resiliency

Skills and strategies during crisis

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Case Management | Individual & Family Therapy

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Resiliency is the ability to manage stress and function well during challenging times, adversity, and trauma by utilizing skills and strategies in stressful situations. Mental health support is one way to gain resilience, as well as information on the causes of stress and how it may affect health, relationships, and family. Coaching support is available to parents and caregivers in areas of planning, goal setting, problem solving and self-care.

SFA Service Providers

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Nurturing and Attachment

Positive interactions between parent and child

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Peer Support | Individual & Family Therapy| Parent Education

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Children who feel loved and supported by their caregivers tend to be more competent, happy, and healthy as they progress into adulthood. Parenting under stressful conditions can feel overwhelming at times. Parent education provided by Alliance member organizations shares information on how to enhance the parent-child bond to support positive behavior in children as they grow and develop. It also offers connection with other families for support while learning skills to provide nurturing care.

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Children's Social & Emotional Competence

Positive self expression

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Youth Programs | Family Therapy| Developmental Assessments

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When children interact with others in positive ways, and their action results in positive reinforcement, they become better equipped to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, as well as communicate their feelings and solve problems effectively. Learn the importance of feelings and how they impact children, give children opportunities to practice self-regulation skills, and attend programs that allow children to express themselves in creative ways.

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Social Support

Informal supports & connections

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Case Management| Peer Supports| Information & Referral

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Being connected and feeling supported as a parent has been shown to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. Parents and guardians who have emotional support in times of need are better equipped to handle stress and crisis. Connections to family, friends, and community are important factors in successfully achieving child and family well-being. Alliance member organizations offer classes, playgroups, warm lines and a Parenting Stress Helpline that parents and caregivers can call 24-hour a day. 1-800-829-3777.

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Information above provided by the Friends Network, developers of the Protective Factors Surveys

 

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