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Why Strength Matters

From kids to whole communities, stronger families can benefit everyone.

Strong families have a positive effect on the way kids learn and grow. They surround children with the kind of healthy, supportive relationships kids need to feel confident and secure. And they share their strengths with others. Together, strong families—and the friends and community that surround them—can weather difficulties and care for one another.

Family strength can be passed on from one generation to the next and from one family to another, making entire communities stronger. Strength matters to everyone.

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That’s what I think Strength does. It helps parents learn what they’re already doing or have the capacity to do and to shift that to look for those moments and improve what they already have.”


When a family is strong…

Every family is different. Each one learns, celebrates and faces challenges in their own unique way. However, there are a few important characteristics that strong families share:

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  • They’re better equipped to meet children’s needs.
  • They’re able to weather life’s ups and downs together, even when things get tough.
  • They find support in the friends and family around them, and give support in return.
  • They share strength with their neighborhood, community and society.

See Why Strength Matters.

Families don’t gain these strengths on their own. Learn more about how they build them together, with the friends and communities that surround them.


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To know that there are other people in the world that are going through the same thing that I’m going through—it made me believe in these Strengths.”


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The 5 Strengths

Research shows all families benefit when they have these 5 Strengths, or Protective Factors. The 5 Strengths can positively affect family life and the many things you do with and for your kids. Learning more about them can help you find ways to build these Strengths within your daily life. Explore each of the 5 Strengths below: