Strengthening Families™ is an approach to working with families that builds upon family strengths, rather than focusing on deficits. It is not a curriculum or a program but instead offers a framework of five research-based Protective Factors that serve as a foundation for parents to rear healthy children in a safe environment.
When these protective factors are robust in families, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect is reduced. This approach benefits all families not just those experiencing stress. Implementing the Strengthening Families™ approach is about small but significant changes in everyday practice, as well as the shifts in policies and systems that allow and promote those changes.