Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework (SFPF)
The SFPF Framework encourages partnership to build environments in which families can grow their protective factors. It is an approach — not a model. It moves the conversation from “What’s wrong?” to “What’s strong?”
The Protective Factors identified through research by the Center for the Study of Social Policy are:
Parental resilience – Managing stress and functioning well for self and nurturing child.
Social connections for families – Positive relationships that provide support.
Knowledge of parenting and child development – Understanding child development milestones and parenting strategies.
Concrete support in times of need – Services that minimize stress.
Healthy social and emotional development – Family-child interactions that help children communicate, regulate, and maintain relationships.
The Children’s Trust Fund Board supports the work of the Pennsylvania Strengthening Families Leadership Team (SFLT.) The SFLT strategic plan addresses:
- Policy – Systems that impact families.
- Practice – Among professionals that support strengths-based services.
- Partnerships – Among community and statewide organizations and with parents to develop strategies that contribute to child and family well-being.
Pennsylvania SFLT encourages an asset orientation to work with families through its website and Facebook page. It promotes activities such as professional learning workshops and parent cafes.