Strengthening Families is an approach to working with families to prevent child abuse and neglect 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 give parents what they need to parent effectively, even under stress.
The Protective Factors
Pennsylvania is one of several states
using Strengthening Families in its core safety net and as the first response
to families under stress. This prevention approach reduces the chance that
families will require more costly government services and is a cost-effective
way to reduce abuse and neglect, lighten social service caseloads and improve
How to Use this Website
By clicking on the tabs above or to the side you will find more information and resources. The website houses many embedded links to articles, other websites and national and state organizations that support the Strengthening Families Philosophy. The links are not all-inclusive, but rather are a sampling of materials that might be most useful to you as an educator or parent.
The website was constructed by the Center for Schools and Communities, a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, with generous funding from the National Alliance of Children’s Trust Funds and Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center (PA PIRC).