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The Strengthening Families approach and protective factors framework was introduced in 2003 by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). This approach concentrates on individual family strengths within a positive and uplifting framework and helps prevent child abuse and neglect by focusing on the well-being of all families and helping families identify and build on their own protective factors. 

The 5 Protective Factors are characteristics or strengths of individuals, families, and communities that act to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect and promote positive well-being and healthy development. They are most commonly seen as attributes that help families to successfully navigate difficult situations and everyday life. 



Protective Factors

Strengthening Families

Across New Hampshire


We're excited to announce the release of the Strengthening Families Across New Hampshire coloring book!

Created in partnership with local artists and various child and family-serving agencies throughout the Granite State, Strengthening Families Across New Hampshire guides children, parents, and caregivers through protective factors that build supportive communities, strong families, and safe kids.

Download the full interactive PDF:

New Hampshire Children's Trust 501(c)3

The Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 307, Concord, NH 03301​

info@nhchildrenstrust.org | (603) 224-1279

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