Building Strong Families

Children donít come with instructions. Life could be much easier if they did.

While parenting can be one of the most rewarding experiences, it can also be one of the most difficult. Research has shown that children are safer when certain skills, knowledge and resources are present for families. This collective safety net is called the protective factors.

Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that serve as buffers and supports, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing or neglecting their children. They help families find resources, supports and coping strategies to parent more effectively, especially under stress. If you are interested in the science and evidence behind the protective factor framework, please visit our Prevention Learning Center to learn more.

This section, geared to families, will bring the protective factor framework to everyday, practical application.