Five Protective Factors

Nurturing and Attachment: Building a close bond helps parents better understand, respond to, and communicate with their children.

Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development: Parents learn what to look for at each age and how to help their children reach their full potential.

Parental Resilience: Recognizing the signs of stress and enhancing problem-solving skills can help parents build their capacity to cope.

Social Connections: Parents with an extensive network of family, friends, and neighbors have better support in times of need.

Concrete supports for parents: Caregivers with access to financial housing, and other concrete resources and services — that help them meet their basic need — can better attend to their role as parents.

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