Sounds great, but what are “protective factors”?
Protective factors are conditions or attributes (skills, strengths, resources, supports or coping strategies) in individuals and families that help people deal more effectively with stressful events and mitigate or eliminate risk in families. The presence of these protective factors will enhance the stability, sustainability, and well-being of children and families. Lift Up Sarpy County is working to connect the resources we have available in our communities to help with families that need help to build their protective factors.
Nurturing and Attachment: Stable Caregivers who work to understand and meet the child’s need for love, affections, and stimulation.
Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development: Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
Parental Resilience: Managing stress and functioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.
Social Connections: Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support.
Concrete Supports for Parents: Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children: Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.