Concrete Supports in Times of Need

Every family – at some point – needs support.  “Times of need” don’t only occur in families in poverty and they may not always be related to material needs.  All families have times of need, whether it’s the birth of a new child, raising a child with special needs, finding academic supports, or dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence. Not knowing where to turn in a crisis or how to find help can be extraordinarily stressful for families – and cause significant trauma for children.  When parents build this protective factor they know how to access services and be an advocate for their family.

When asked, parents have described this protective factor as:

  • My family can access basic needs when they need it.
  • Concrete supports in times of need = freedom.
  • We all need help sometimes.

Concrete Support in Times of Need, a research brief from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.


Information adapted from the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.