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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?

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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

Share Your Strength

Tell us about the strategies you used to grow stronger during a challenging time for your family.  By sharing, you might help another family get ideas.  And together we can all become stronger.  By submitting a story, all or part of it may be posted on this website. See .

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

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Share Your Strength

Tell us about the strategies you used to grow stronger during a challenging time for your family.  By sharing, you might help another family get ideas.  And together we can all become stronger.  By submitting a story, all or part of it may be posted on this website. See .

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

Thank you!

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your family. We are unable to publish every story and stories will not appear immediately after being submitted. Stories may be edited for length and context. Also, stories may be incorporated into other Prevention Board resources and materials. Questions? Learn more about our

The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board may use or share my story or any part of it for public awareness and educational purposes. I also understand the Prevention Board may edit my story for length or content. By granting my permission, I release the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, its employees, directors, and agents from any liability related to the disclosure or use of my story or any part of my story.

We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your family. We are unable to publish every story and stories will not appear immediately after being submitted. Stories may be edited for length and context. Also, stories may be incorporated into other Prevention Board resources and materials.
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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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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: