This presentation is about discovery. It’s a story of scientists who challenged themselves to think differently about the facts they could see. This is a story of their impatience with the amount of heart disease, diabetes, depression and suffering that exists in our country. It’s a story about the courage to set aside beliefs that can hide the truth, and about systematically testing new possibilities. And finally, this is a story about you and me – and what we might do with a scientific discovery powerful enough to profoundly change the future of the public’s health through protective factors.
This presentation is about our civic duty as mandatory supporters, in addition to mandatory reporters. Often families go through an invasive investigation only to determine the situation does not rise to the level of substantiation or CPS involvement, however this does not mean the family couldn’t benefit from services outside of Child Protective Services/DFS. This could include assistance in meeting their basic needs; food, shelter, clothing or needing additional support for mental health or educational needs. In those circumstances, it may be more helpful to the family to be referred to a service provider to help the family to meet basic needs.
This presentation is about Protective Factors. Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, and the larger society that mitigate risk and promote the healthy development and well-being of children, youth, and families. Put simply, they are the strengths that help to buffer and support families. Examples of protective factors include community support, parenting competencies, and economic opportunities. Protective factors help ensure that children and youth function well at home, in school, at work, and in the community. They also can serve as safeguards, helping parents who otherwise might be at risk find resources, support, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively—even under stress.