Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate risk and promote healthy development and wellbeing. Put simply, they are the strengths that help to buffer and support families at risk.

The Strengthening Families protective factors framework is an evidence-supported practice that shows when protective factors are in place families are well.

By nurturing these protective factors, you bolster the capacity of families to be able to handle adversity and lessen the impact of stress – thereby preventing stress from becoming toxic.

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