Parents Anonymous® Inc. is a
Strengthening Families National Partner because of our strong leadership in promoting and implementing the five protective
factors through our evidence-based Parents Anonymous® programs. Since 1969, Parents Anonymous® Inc.
has implemented a strengths-based model of child abuse and neglect prevention serving millions of parents, caregivers and
children of all ages in diverse communities worldwide impacting this public health issue. Through Parents Anonymous® Groups,
the National Parent Helpline®, and Shared Leadership® in Action Programs, parents become leaders and effective
change agents for themselves and their families by engaging in meaningful shared leadership® with staff to positively
impact communities and society.
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) believes that its Strengthening Families
approach can be built into programs and systems in every state (CSSP, 2010a).
This approach focuses on the promotion of five protective factors to prevent child abuse and neglect.
These protective factors include (CSSP, 2010a):
- Parental Resilience (parents' ability to effectively cope with the various challenges
of parenting and everyday life)
- Social Connections (emotional and concrete assistance
from friends, family, neighbors, and other community members)
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development (accurate information about how to
raise children and appropriate expectations of child behavior)
- Concrete Support in Times of Need (financial security as well as access to formal
financial support, such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families [TANF], and informal
support from social networks)
- Children's Social and Emotional Competence (children's ability to effectively interact
with other people and appropriately communicate their emotions).
Read more information about how all of the Parents Anonymous® Programs - weekly support groups,
National Parent Helpline® and Shared Leadership® in Action Programs - effectively prevent
child abuse and neglect using the Strengthening Families approach in the
Parents Anonymous® Reseasrch Profile 3, 2011.