Newsletter for Professionals Summer 2019


Need 2 Know Resources

Need 2 Know is a suite of resources and tools recently developed to assist professionals when working with parents to address special needs, concerns or issues.  The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council created this suite using Strengthening Familes' five protective factors. 

Materials such as infographics, images, and fact sheets are available to convey the framework for building and sustaining strong parent partnerships in community-level work. These resources also allow parents to share with other parents some strategies for building protective factors through the strength-based approach of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework.

Additionally, a detailed guide can be downloaded to help professionals navigate conversations with parents about the social and emotional competence of their children. 

Resources for Vulnerable Youth  
When youth become involved in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless systems, the normal adolescent challenges they experience are heightened by their circumstances. This is particularly acute for youth who identify as LGBTQ or gender expansive. In June, Gay Pride Month, it is important to acknowledge the health and social disparities LGBTQ youth face and equip professionals to bolster youth's resilience and concrete supports. 

LGBTQ Youth Resources

Supervise. Prevention. Life jacket. Arms-length. Swim lessons. Have a water safety plan. 
School's out and this hot Georgia weather calls for a dip in the water! The state's water-safety initiative, SPLASH, aims to greatly reduce the number of water-related deaths and injuries by providing education, SPLASH toolkit, and other resources to communities. 

The campaign includes bilingual brochures, boat checks by law enforcement officers, public service announcements and videos, and social media messaging. The DNR is in the process of adding "loaner boards" with PFDs at public boat ramps and swimming areas, and these locations are being added to the Georgia Outdoors app as they are put into service. 

How Do You Use the Protective Factors?
Examples from across the state.

The first step to intentionally using protective factors is to understand them!

Strengthening Families Georgia has over 200 trainers across the state who deliver protective factor trainings to child serving professionals and directly to parents. View more information or request a protective factors training for professionals and/or parents by visiting Strengthening Families Georgia online.

Embedding protective factors throughout organizations helps professionals build on the strengths of communities and families. View examples of how our partners have integrated the protective factors into their work. 

Want more? The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds h as  created online training modules, videos and other tools for those interested in learning more about the protective factors and helping families grow stronger

Belonging for Hope
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Prevention (DFCS) Community Support Section designed and launched Building a State of Hope, a statewide child abuse prevention campaign for everyone in Georgia. Georgia's State of Hope initiative is part of this larger movement that aims to motivate all Georgians to play a role in helping prevent child abuse and neglect for the well-being of everyone in their community.

Download images and messages to use in your community by visiting

Georgia's Parent Advisory Council 
Encourage parents you work with to join Georgia's new Parent Advisory Council.  
The council will work with the Prevention and Community Support Section (PCS) within DFCS   to help expand meaningful partnerships between parents and staff throughout the system . PCS is committed to promoting the voices of parents throughout its work to strengthen families and engage communities to reduce the need for out-of-home placement of Georgia's children. 
We hope  parents from around the state will  participate in this opportunity, learn more here .
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) represents a multi-disciplinary partnership of nearly 50 national, state and local, and public and private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based Protective Factors into services and supports for children and their families.

Parental Resilience
   Parents Can Bounce Back
Social Connections
   Parents Have Friends
Knowledge of Child Development
   Parents Know How Children Grow and Learn
Concrete Support in Times of Need
   Parents Know Where to Turn for Help
Social and Emotional Competence of Children
   Children Learn to Talk About and Handle Feelings
For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia 
Statewide Coordinator:
or visit our website at


This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and 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 Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services 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).