A Framework for Supporting Kentucky's Families
Mobilizing partners, communities and families to build family strengths, promote optimal development, increase school readiness, and reduce child abuse and neglect.
The protective factors lay the foundation for the Strengthening Families framework. The protective factors identified for Kentucky are:
- Parental Resilience: Families bounce back. Managing stress and moving forward when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.
- Social Connections: Families have friends they can count on. Having positive relationships that provide emotional, informational and spiritual support.
- Knowledge of Child Development: Families learn how their children grow and develop. Understanding child development and parenting strategies that advance physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
- Concrete Support in Times of Need: Families get assistance to meet basic needs. Accessing resources that address a family's basic needs, resulting in minimizing stress caused by challenges.
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children: Families teach children how to have healthy relationships. Establishing family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to recognize, communicate, and regulate their emotions.
- Nurturing and Attachment: Families ensure children feel loved and safe. Fostering a nurturing family environment where young children develop secure bonds with caring adults.
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