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STRENGTHENING FAMILIES. National Briefing, 2012. Map of Implementing States. Active in SFNN. Not-active in SFNN, but some state level Implementation strategy in place. Multi-Sector Leadership. Bring the Strengthening Families framework in their own spheres of influence - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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National Briefing, 2012

We believe the future of SF is in creating a new normal for child and family serving organizations and systems, so that they see their work as building protective and promotive factors to reduce the potential for child maltreatment, to bolster resilience and mitigate the impact of traumatic events when they occur, AND to create the best possible environment for development of children and youth.

2Map of Implementing States

Active in SFNNNot-active in SFNN, but some state levelImplementation strategy in placeDark Green are states within the SFNN, light green are states where there is some active Strengthening Families work, but they are not part of the SFNN (Generally this is either integration into CBCAP grant making, or into QRIS work or both)Number of states participating in the Strengthening Families network has stayed relatively stable (about 30). Over the past year about an equal number of states (3) have left and have joined the network. Increased depth in state workgreater number of implementing partners, deeper penetration within sector Change in how states are implementing Strengthening Familiesfloridating the water

3Multi-Sector LeadershipBring the Strengthening Families framework in their own spheres of influence

Link across disciplines disciplines to create a common language and approach to famiies

Develop and maintain the underlying infrastructure to support Strengthening Families implementation

Serve as advocates and bridge builders to draw other partners into the work

The leadership teams are the broader group of decision-makers that are engaged in the work. They tend to meet less frequently (most states have quarterly leadership team meetings though some are both more or less frequent). There is a lot of variation in size of these leadership teams (smallest is 3, largest is 93average size is about 23 members, median size 20 members). In general the smaller leadership teams have deeper engagement across their members while the larger teams may have some members that are deeply engaged and others that are less so. Looking across states the majority of states have the following sectors represented on their leadership teams: Early care and education, childrens trust funds and other child abuse neglect prevention leadership, home visiting, public health, maternal child health, family support, mental health, fatherhood/healthy relationships, and education (k-12).

4The state of national implementationOver Thirty states are in the Strengthening Families National Network20 states reported financial datacollectively these states invested $81 M in Strengthening Families17 States using Parent or Community Cafs to promote parent to parent conversations to build protective factors40,000 people received Training on Strengthening Families

5Early Childhood SystemsAt least 19 states integrating SF into quality rating and improvement systems15 states have engaged their CCR&Rs to build the capacity of local programs20 states integrating SF into home visiting policy and planningIn 9 states SF is used in state early learning and development advisory council planning and policy effortsIn 8 states SF is integrated into state early care and education workforce knowledge and competency frameworkIn 7 states SF is used to support family, friend and neighbor care providers

QRISGA as an example

Twelve states list that it is part of their federal MCHEIV Home visiting plans

6Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention20 States incorporating the protective factors into training for prevention providers 20 states using the protective factors as the outcomes framework for local prevention granteesIn 13 states family support programs are adopting Strengthening FamiliesIn 11 states public awareness campaigns include the Strengthening Families Protective Factors FrameworkIn 9 states county or community-level prevention planning processes have been aligned to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors FrameworkIn 5 states mandatory reporter training has been adapted to include the Strengthening Families approach and Protective Factors Framework

7Child WelfareIn 6 states SF is being integrated into training for child welfare workersIn 5 states SF is being integrated into training for foster parentsIn 9 states SF is becoming part of the child welfare practice modelIn 5 states the protective factors are being integrated into assessment tools13 states report that new partnerships are being formed between child welfare and early care and education programs using Strengthening Families approach and Protective Factors Framework

8Looking Forward: Supporting Spread and ScaleResearch and Evaluation

Supporting Implementation

Reaching new sectors

Research and EvaluationLast year of our QIC-ECUpdate of the literature reviewYouth ThriveCulture and Protective Factors workExploring the possibility of integrating some parent leadership tools into on-line data system

Program Implementation*New GuidebookUpdate of self-assessmentNew Training resourcesLearning communities around key topical areasImplementation in child welfareProducts from our work in AIM States:Sustaining the workParent PartnershipsEngaging new partnersEvaluationSummit (??)Continued focus on helping states to understand how their work can connect to and support new federal opportunities

Reaching New SectorsOne Youth Thrive pilot communityEarly connections with healthLooking at applications in community change9

Bringing the Protective FactorsFramework to Life in Your WorkOnline training to support implementation of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework in multiple settingsSystems may use for awarding CEUs, creditFree of charge7 courses,each about2 hours in lengthIntroduction to the Framework (also useful as a stand-alone orientation)A course on each of the 5 Protective FactorsA wrap-up course that moves users from knowledge to action

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Applying a Protective/Promotive Factors Frame Across DevelopmentBirth 26 11 5Parent Protective FactorsChild/Youth Protective FactorsStrengthening FamiliesYouth Thrive

Charlyn11Protective/Promotive FactorStrengthening FamiliesYouth ThriveResilienceAbility to parent effectively despite stressorsAbility to survive and thrive in the face of positive and/or adverse experiencesSocial ConnectionsSocial networks that support parenting by being conduits for positive parenting norms, emotional and substantive support, etc. Social networks that help youth to build healthy, supportive, caring relationships with adults and peers and provide opportunities for constructive engagement in school and communityConcrete SupportsAccess to the resources and supports to help you meet your childs needsAccess to resources and supports (e.g., skill building, crisis support, housing)Knowledge of DevelopmentA clear understanding of your childs development and how to parent in ways supportive of their development Adults and youth have a clear understanding of biopsychosocial development during adolescence and recognize that all youth have strengths and capacitiesDevelopmental CompetenceSocial and Emotional Competence: Childrens age appropriate ability to regulate their emotions, engage with others, and communicate feelingsSocial, Emotional, Behavioral, Intellectual and Moral Competence:Youth engage in behaviors that promote healthy biopsychosocial and cognitive development Applying the Frame Across the Developmental ArcSusan12Culture and the Protective FactorsThe protective factors apply to all families, children, and youth, yet may be understood (deep structure) and manifest (surface structure) in culturally specific ways.