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Strengthening Families Approach
Every family has its strengths, but all families can thrive when protective factors are fostered in their lives and communities. Parents play an important role in advocating for their children and improving their communities, and professionals who work with children and families can help get parents involved by engaging them in protective factors that strengthen their families and improve their children’s development. NH has many family support programs and resource centers that work to help strengthen the State’s diverse families and communities. Many of these programs belong to a statewide network called Family Support New Hampshire.
Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach:
- parental resilience
- social connections
- concrete support in times of need
- knowledge of parenting and child development
- social and emotional competence of children
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According to the Center for the Study of Social Policy, research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.
Every year the New Hampshire Strengthening Families Leadership Team hosts a Strengthening Families Summit. Visit our events page to learn more.
If you are a professional whose work touches families, there are trainings available to help you promote these protective factors in the families with whom you work. Trainings are available online or in-person workshops. For more information about the online training email Julie Day. To see if we’ve scheduled a training near you, consult our Trainings Page”