In partnership with the community, Child and Family Services supports child abuse and neglect prevention services for families and the community. Available programs include parenting classes, evidence-based home visitation programs, statewide community and school-based education presentations, support to Grandparents raising grandchildren, and 14 crisis nurseries in local Family Support Centers across the state. Crisis nurseries provide up to 72-hours of free care to children under the age of 12, as well as planned respite.

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors are strengths within families & communities that serve to protect children & promote their healthy development & well-being. The Strengthening Families framework is a research-based approach that helps organizations work with parents to build five protective factors that, when present, increase the overall well-being of children and families.

Protective factors are attributes that serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of becoming involved with Child and Family Services to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even in times of great stress.