The Kenosha County Department of Human Services has always had a strong commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. To honor that commitment the County dedicates funds and resources to support agencies that work within the framework of the Prevention Services Network.
The Prevention Services Network Family Resource Center has adopted the Protective Factors framework. Protective factors are those conditions that increase the health and well-being of families. These factors help parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing or neglecting their children to find the resources, supports, or coping strategies they need to be effective parents. PSN Family Resource Center staff believe that all families have strengths and strive to build relationships with parents to identify and build upon these strengths and promote the following five protective factors:
- Knowledge of Child Development
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children
- Concrete Support in Times of Need
- Social Support
- Parent Resiliency
The Administration on Children, Youth and Families, part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, publishes an annual resource guide called, “Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action. This guide explains the factors in detail and gives useful information about how to strengthen families and build protective factors. The guide can be downloaded at the web address listed.