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

The Strengthening Families strategies the Family Nurturing Center uses include:

  • Facilitate friendships and mutual support in parents
  • Strengthen parenting skills
  • Respond to family crises
  • Link families to services and opportunities in the community
  • Value and support parents
  • Facilitate children’s social and emotional development
  • Observe and respond 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.