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The 5 Protective Factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. Extensive research supports the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are present and robust in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminish.
  • Parental resilience: The ability to cope and bounce back from all types of challenges

  • Social connections: Friends, family members, neighbors, and other members of a community who provide emotional support and concrete assistance to parents

  • Knowledge of parenting and child development: Accurate information about raising young children and appropriate expectations for their behavior

  • Concrete support in times of need: Financial security to cover day-to-day expenses and unexpected costs that come up from time to time, access to formal supports like TANF and Medicaid, and informal support from social networks

  • Children’s social and emotional development: A child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions effectively
For more information on the Protective Factors visit the Strengthening Families website.
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