Family Support Awareness month celebrates ways in which family support services such as home visitation and parent education can strengthen the Five Protective Factors for children and families. Research has shown that home visiting and parenting education programs help to build protective factors that can:
✅ reduce the risk of abuse and neglect
✅ strengthen family relationships
✅ promote children’s healthy development.
Developed by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds, The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework aims to develop and enhance five specific characteristics (called protective factors) that help keep families strong and children safe from abuse and neglect. When the following Five Protective Factors are in place, families have a better chance for positive outcomes and children are protected against risk factors:
“Parents are their children’s first and most important teacher,” said Joe Coffey, Director of Community Engagement at One Place. “We want to empower parents and caregivers with the tools and information that they need to create the most stable, healthy, and secure attachments between themselves and the children in their lives.”
At One Place, the Five Protective Factors are woven throughout all of our programs and services as we work to ensure all children and families are safe, healthy, and living to their fullest potential.
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
One Place recognizes the need, now more than ever, to support parents and caregivers in their growing knowledge of early childhood development. “Children thrive when parents provide not only affection, but also respectful communication and listening, consistent rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote independence” (www.preventchildabusenc.org, 2022).
One Place offers opportunities for parents to learn from one another’s experiences through our Back Porch Chat series. Back Porch Chats are NOT trainings. They are virtual experiences intended to be casual and fun in an interactive environment where participants can share their experiences, thoughts and ideas with one another. The first Back Porch Chat series held a common theme around exploring the Five Protective Factors with families. In April 2022, we will revisit that theme with a Back Porch Chat every Wednesday evening during the month. More information about the upcoming Back Porch Chat series will be available via One Place social media (Facebook) (LinkedIn)
One Place employs a strengths-based approach across all programs and services to best support children and families. This helps parents feel valued because they are acknowledged as knowledgeable and competent.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Early childhood experiences set the stage for future health, well-being and learning. One Place provides early education programs that support children’s healthy development during the first 2,000 days of life when critical brain development occurs. Our programs:
Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well an occasional crisis, have resilience; they have the flexibility and inner strength necessary to bounce back when things are not going well. Our programs encourage parental resilience by: