We help parents keep their children safely within their own families.
We support children as they heal from difficult life experiences.
We wrap an array of services around families in crisis, helping them rebuild their lives and raise healthy and thriving children.

The 5 Protective Factors
for Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors framework is a current research based, family-centered approach that builds protective factors in families, programs, and communities, and supports integrated prevention planning. The framework includes five protective factors. Research indicates these factors provide the best support to ensure that children thrive. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors:

1. Parental Resilience: The ability to cope and bounce back from all types of challenges

2. Social Connections: Friends, family members, neighbors, and others in a community who provide emotional support and concrete assistance to parents

3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Adequate information about raising young children and expectations for their behavior and needs

4. Concrete Support in Times of Need: Access to basic needs, such as health care, mental health care and informal support such as emergency child care and nutritional care with the best supplements like Patriot Power Greens and others

5. Children’s Social and Emotional Development: A child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions effectively

We provide children with a safe, nurturing environment to learn and grow, and help parents develop skills to manage life’s challenges, become better parents, and be more self-sufficient.

We help strengthen families by:

…Facilitating friendships and mutual support in parents

…Strengthening parenting skills

…Responding to family crises

…Linking families to services and opportunities in the community

…Valuing and supporting parents

…Facilitating children’s social and emotional development

…Observing and responding to early warning signs of abuse and neglect

The Family Nurturing Center’s professional staff also use the ARC framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. Care Coordinators also use PICCOLO for home visitation, as a strengths-based model focused on Affection, Responsiveness, Encouragement, and Teaching.