CTF: Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families


Strengthening Families

                                                    A Protective Factors Framework



The Children's Trust Fund was selected by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in 2007 to serve as lead agency to implement Strengthening Families in Connecticut. The Trust Fund encouraged several other organizations to become involved in this effort and support work to promote Strengthening Families principles in the state. These agencies included the Department of Children and Families, Building Parent Power, the City of Hartford and Annie E. Casey Family Services. The Trust also implemented several Strengthening Families efforts directly.

What Strengthening Families Does:
• Benefits ALL families.
• Builds on family strengths, buffers risk, and promotes better outcomes.
• Builds on and can be integrated into existing programs, strategies, systems and  
  community opportunities.
• Can be implemented through small but significant changes in everyday actions.
• Is grounded in research, practice and implementation knowledge.
The Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.

Strengthening Families Protective Factors:
  •   Parental Resilience
  •   Social Connections
  •   Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  •   Concrete Support in Times of Need 
  •   Social and Emotional Development of Children.
Follow the below links for more information on The Connecticut Children Trust Fund’s Strengthening Families Initiatives:


Questions please contact:
Deborah Watson
Connecticut Strengthening Families Coordinator
Phone: 860.424.5687  Email: deborah.watson@ct.gov

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