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Healthy communities, strong families and great childhoods begin with all of us.
While often fun and rewarding, parenting isn’t always easy.

Communities throughout New Hampshire offer resources that can help because preventing child abuse and neglect works best when communities work together. Parents, families, child welfare agencies, child care providers, teachers, doctors, nurses and neighbors all have a responsibility to create environments where children can thrive.

Protective Factors

Strong and healthy families share five key characteristics, according to research. When families have these “protective factors” in place, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect decreases. Every family has strengths, and building on those strengths can help families thrive. Below are the protective factors, and a list of some of the DHHS programs, services and other community resources that can help us grow strong families and communities.

 

Concrete Supports in Times of Need
Concrete Supports in Times of Need

Strong families have access to specific programs and services that help address day-to-day needs, such as housing, food, health care, education and counseling.

Resources

  • The Bureau of Family Assistance (BFA) offers many programs that support families, including Food Stamps (SNAP), Medicaid, and TANF.
  • You can give your children under five a healthy start with WIC.

 

Parental Resilience
Parental Resilience

A parent’s ability to manage stress in times of difficulty and bounce back from challenges is crucial to a family’s success.

Resources

 

Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development
Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development

An understanding of how children grow and develop and an awareness of typical child behaviors are key in creating positive parenting strategies that can help a family succeed.

Resources

 

Social Connections
Social Connections

People need people. Having friends, family and neighbors that provide informational, emotional or spiritual support can help you in your parenting journey..

Resources

  • Your local library, church, or YMCA may have a listing of local play groups in your area.
  • Your child’s school my need volunteers, or you can join your school’s Parent/Teacher Organization

 

Social & Emotional Competence of Children
Social & Emotional Competence of Children

Ensuring that children feel loved, have a sense of belonging, and have the ability to maintain relationships can help children reach their full potential.

Resources

  • Zero to Three (information specific to children from birth to age three)


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