Strengthening Families is a project of the Center for the Study of Social Policy and emphasizes five protective factors that not only reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect but also encourage healthy social and emotional development. These protective factors are:

  • Parental resilience: the ability of parents to cope with challenges
  • Social connections: friends, family members, neighbors and other community members who provide emotional support and assistance to parents
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development: accurate information about child development and how to appropriately discipline young children
  • Concrete support in times of need:  financial, formal and informal supports
  • Children’s emotional and social competence: child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate emotions effectively.