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Spring/Summer 2015






New Resources from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


  • Protective Factor Action Sheets

This packet includes the research brief about each protective 

factor as well as an "action sheet" for service providers about 

their role in supporting families to build each protective factor. 

The action sheets include what to look for, questions to ask 

and activities to do with parents related to each protective factor.


The complete packet can be accessed at: 






  • Practice Tools for Child Welfare

These tools were developed by CSSP with partners in child welfare systems that were shifting to a protective factors approach. 


The tools are designed to help child welfare workers use a protective factors lens at important points in a child welfare case. 

In addition, a guide for coaching to a protective factors approach helps supervisors reinforce the approach and support workers' efforts to shift their practice.


Links to each of the practice tools can be found below:


Center for the Developing Child at  Harvard University InBrief Video Series 

Free Videos on Resilience


Supportive relationships, adaptive skill-building, and 

positive experiences constitute the foundation of what is 

commonly called resilience. 

The InBrief Video Series on Resilience from the 

Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University 

provides an overview of why resilience matters, 

how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children. 

There are three videos in the series and each video is just over two minutes long:

  • What is Resilience
  • The Science of Resilience
  • How Is Resilience Built
These videos and other videos in the series can be accessed at:




Magic of Everyday Moments Videos


Four new titles have been added to ZERO TO THREE's series of free videos, The Magic of Everyday Moments, which explores key aspects of early childhood development and can be used for working with parents and trainees. The videos show how adult interactions shape the growth and learning of infants and toddlers through everyday interactions and routines. They include: 

  • Development from Birth to 12 Months Old: Forming a Trusting Bond to Nurture Learning
  • Development from 12 to 24 Months Old: Strong, Positive Connections and Interactions Fuel Learning
  • Development from Birth to 24 to 36 Months Old: New Skills Develop Through Play, Routines, and Relationships
  • School Readiness: Foundations in Language, Literacy, Thinking and Social-Emotional Skills




Save The Date!


2015 Georgia Association on Young Children Together for Children Conference


September 25 & 26, 2015

Gwinnett Technical College


A preliminary program will be available by July 31, 2015 on wwwgayconline.org


About Strengthening Families Georgia


The state lead for Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) is the Division of Family and Children Services. SFG is administered by the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) and represents a partnership of national, state, local, and public/private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based protective factors in service/supports for young children and their families.


Vision: All families with children birth through age five in Georgia have the resources and support necessary for a meaningful and successful life.


Mission: To utilize the Strengthening Families assets-based framework of Protective Factors in all systems, programs, services and activities supporting families with young children as the approach to achieving the vision. These five Protective Factors are the foundation for the Strengthening Families approach:

  1. Parental Resilience - Parents can bounce back
  2. Social Connections - Parents have friends
  3. Knowledge of Child Development - Parents know how children grow and learn
  4. Concrete Support in Time of Need - Parents know where to turn for help
  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children Children learn to talk about and handle feelings

A large group of Strengthening Families Georgia stakeholders, organized into a SFG Leadership Team, Partnership, and Supporters includes over 70 representatives from more than 30 organizations. The Leadership Team, made up of 20-25 members, provides direction and guidance for embedding the five protective factors in all areas of related work via:

  • Policy and systems change
  • Data driven decision-making
  • Integration and prioritization of work
  • Identifying and leveraging resources
  • Coordination and collaboration with similar state efforts
Funding Information


"This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).  Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the DHS-DFCS or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590)."

For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia 
Statewide Coordinator:
or visit our website at
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