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Strengthening Families: A protective factors framework

Family Paths endorses the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)’s work on identifying protective and promotive factors that strengthen families. The CSSP “works to create new ideas and promote public policies that produce equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind.” (www.CSSP.org)

As defined by CSSP, Protective Factors are “conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities or the larger society that mitigate or eliminate risk.” Promotive Factors are “conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities or the larger society that actively enhance well-being.”
Family Paths has at the core of our mission the goal to strengthen families. By utilizing the Strengthening Families ™ and Youth Thrive ™ frameworks developed by CSSP, we are able to incorporate these key protective/promotive factors into our various programs to succeed in our goal. To see more about the Protective/Promotive Factors and what they mean in real terms, read below.

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Protective Factors - Page 01 Protective Factors - Page 02 Youth Thrive

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