Protective Factors

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT ARE PREVENTABLE by increasing Protective Factors for parents, families, and communities. Maine Families, Prevention Councils and our other grantees utilize the Center for Study on Social Policy's evidence-based approach of Strengthening Families by increasing these Protective Factors: parental resilience (building inner strength), concrete supports (knowing how to find help), social connections (connecting with others), knowledge of child development (parenting as children grow) and social-emotional competency of children (helping kids understand emotions). When families have protective factors in their lives, abuse occurs less frequently. The Trust promotes and delivers training to family serving professionals so that both families and professionals can share a common language around family strengthening and support.