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The Six Protective Factors (From United Way)

The Six Protective Factors build strong families:

Parental Resilience: The ability to cope and bounce back from all types of challenges

Social Connections: Friends, family members, neighbors and community members who provide emotional support and basic needs assistance to parents

Concrete Supports: Financial security to cover daily expenses and unexpected costs that come up; access to formal supports like TANF and Medicaid, and informal support from social networks

Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development: Accurate information about raising young children and appropriate expectations for their behavior

Social & Emotional Competence of Children: A child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions effectively

Nurturing & Attachment: Early experiences of being nurtured and bonding with a caregiver affects all aspects of behavior and development