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Fall/Winter 2015






The Strengthening Families 
Protective Factor Framework

Raising An Emotionally Resilient Child

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Parents recently released an excellent overview of  Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions and Solving Family Problemsbook written by Kenneth Barish, Ph D.
According to the article "There are critical moments in the emotional life of a child when admired adults are able to help a sad, anxious or angry child realize that she will not always feel this way; when we help a child who is disappointed or discouraged regain some measure of confidence in her future. In these moments, we have strengthened her inner resources for coping with disappointment and distress, and built a foundation of optimism and resilience."

Access the  complete  article and  information on Dr. Barish's book here.

For more information on Social Emotional Development in Children  download our SFG Newsletter for Parents.
Safe Infant Sleep Webinar

Innovative National and State Efforts to 
Protect Our Youngest

Date & Time: December 9, 2015; 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID ) is the leading cause of injury fatality for those under age one. This webinar shares examples of a national framework and a state campaign to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.The webinar will begin with information about the National Action Plan to Increase Safe Infant Sleep, a theory-based approach to changing the behaviors of families and other caregivers to implement safe sleep and breastfeeding. The plan, which can inform public health initiatives and provide a way to track and share successes on a national level, was developed by the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep, a coalition of over 60 national organizations.

Webinar participants will also learn about innovative safe sleep activities that have been implemented in Tennessee in collaboration with hospitals, community-based agencies, and first responders, and they will hear about the evaluation results of those activities.

Here's how to register for the webinar.  Space is limited.

Georgia Chapter 
American Academy of Pediatrics

"Child Health Disparities: What Can a Clinician Do?"

Summary of the November 2015 article:
"Clinicians play a critical role in diagnosing, addressing, and eliminating the conditions that cause health disparities. Clinician and staff provision of culturally effective care requires periodic assessment. Evidence-based practices can guide improvements. Health system investment in practice approaches to address social determinants of health offer promise to improve population health and ensure health equity."

The complete article can be accessed here.

The Magic of a Lullaby

On the Bonds Made Between 
Parents and Children
During a Nightly Ritual
We recently came across this powerful documentary in the New York TimesIn the short video, young mothers in a homeless shelter write lullabies to bond with their babies. Be ready to shed a tear or two as you see the magic of a lullaby at work.

Click here to view the video and access the related article.

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:
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