Strengthening Families Approach


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.