What is the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework?

Strengthening Families™ is a research-based approach to working with families in a way that develops and enhances their strengths as a solution to their challenges. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors: Parental resilience; Social connections; Knowledge of parenting and child development; Concrete support in times of need; and Social and emotional competence of children.

Want to learn more? View or download the documents below, which explain these big ideas.

       Arizona Strengthening Families Big Ideas Explained
       Arizona Strengthening Families Core Messages


Prevent Child Abuse Arizona has trainings focused on protective factors specifically for professionals, parents, and community members. Descriptions of each are below.


 Strengthening Families Trainings

Strengthening Families trainings teach professionals about the Protective Factors Framework and how to integrate them into their work. 

View the course catalog and descriptions: Strengthening Families Protective Factors Course Catalog

Interested in hosting a training? Please contact Meghan Hays Davis, Program and Training Director, at Meghan@pcaaz.org. 



Flourishing Families

Flourishing Families is an activity-based curriculum that helps professionals who work with families teach parents/caregivers about the five Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors and how to build them in their family. 

The curriculum is designed to supplement a practitioner’s existing work. Using the curriculum’s activities, discussions and handouts, the practitioner will guide parents to think about how protective factors show up in their lives, and the small and significant steps they can take to strengthen their family’s protective factors.

Learn more about Flourishing Families



Lean On Me AZ

Lean On Me AZ, a project funded by Casey Family Programs, was designed to teach community members how to strengthen protective factors in everyday ways. Prevent Child Abuse Arizona offers presentations and community forums on Lean On Me AZ.

Learn more about Lean On Me AZ