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Concrete Supports: A Tale of How Connections Matter

Posted: December 21, 2018

We hope by now, you've met The Johnsons from the first two chapters of this series. If you haven't, read Chapter One (Social Connections) and Chapter Two (Parental Resilience).

This [ficticious] family is like any other. They experience all the ups and downs that life can bring. And, like any other family, unforeseen problems will inevitably arise.

Throughout this series, The Johnsons encounter difficult situations, but the protective factors will come into play, offering solutions or a buffer. The protective factors, when present in families and communities, help families tackle issues by strengthening the family and the community around them.

The five protective factors include:

Social Connections
Parental Resilience
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
Concrete Support
Social & Emotional Competence


This week, we bring you a story about why Concret Support is important to families.

Many factors affect a family's ability to care for their children. Families who can meet their own basic needs for food, clothing, housing, and transportation—and who know how to access essential services such as childcare, health care, and mental health services to address family-specific needs—are better able to ensure the safety and well-being of their children.

Partnering with parents to identify and access resources in the community may help prevent the stress that sometimes precipitates child maltreatment. Providing concrete supports may also help prevent the unintended neglect that sometimes occurs when parents are unable to provide for their children.

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