Why Strength Matters in Communities
Building a strong family is easier when communities are supportive.
Communities can have a big impact on families when they support family strengths. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. When a community isn’t a source of safety and well-being for its members, it can undermine family strength. Communities don’t need great wealth or vast resources to support families well, though providing access to basic services and education is essential. Instead, family-friendly communities create an environment that supports healthy relationships. They foster a sense of belonging and shared emotional connection, and they provide community members with the ability to influence public life and get their individual and family social needs met.
What could your community do?
Communities can do a lot to help families build on the 5 Strengths. A strong, supportive community can:
Help families build inner strength
- Provide environments where families feel safe
- Create beautiful spaces
- Develop policies that help reduce family stress
Encourage families to connect with others
- Offer opportunities where families can connect
- Encourage involvement in events, activities and governance
- Seek to identify parents who are isolated
Support families so they know how to find help
- Expand access to opportunity through public transportation, quality education and employment
- Offer accessible programs and services for children and parents
- Build awareness of the 5 Strengths within service systems, like education, law enforcement, business and health care
Help families parent as their children grow
- Offer resources and opportunities to learn about parenting
- Encourage every parent to participate in parent education
- Promote healthy development and preventative physical and mental health care for all children
Support families as they help kids understand feelings
- Increase understanding of all types of families through cultural and community events
- Offer mentoring, leadership and employment opportunities for youth
- Ensure books are available and accessible to all children and families
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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.
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: