Building Resilience

In the final Poverty 101 Module IV - Building Resilience, we will explore how to support struggling families and build resilience in our communities.

Don't forget to download/print the Poverty 101 Study Guide. Follow along on pages 27 - 33.

A Resilience Approach: 5 protective factors for Strengthening Families:

  1. Parent Resilience – finding ways to solve problems, building and sustaining trusting relationships, including relationships with your own child and knowing how to seek help when necessary.

  2. Social Connections – building networks of support essential to parents.

  3. Concrete support in times of need – meeting basic economic needs like food, shelter, clothing and healthcare.

  4. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development – accurate info about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age.

  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children – a child/youth’s ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and effectively communicate their feelings.

8. Strengthening Families Protective Factors Action Sheets.pdf

Visit DFCS and PCA Georgia’s Georgia Family Support Network page for more information on the Strengthening Families Model, upcoming trainings and becoming a part of the network.

The document shown here - Strengthening Families Fact Sheets - can help better explain what it means to provide each of the protective factors.

40 Developmental Assets

The Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets).

External Assets: Support, Empowerment, Boundaries & Expectations and Constructive Use of Time

Internal Assets: Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies, and Positive Identity