What is Strengthening Families?    
Strengthening Families is a research-based, cost-effective strategy to increase family stability, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It builds five protective factors:
 
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children
 
Strengthening Families in Alabama
Alabama is one of many states across the nation using Strengthening Families™ (SF). Leaders across many systems serving children and families have provided leadership to bring SF to life in Alabama. In 2011 the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) provided a grant to the Alabama Partnership for Children to take over the role as lead agency for this work.
 
Our goal is to fully engage early childhood providers across Alabama, as well as other service organizations, while impacting parents through our Strengthening Families efforts.
 
This work is accomplished in partnership with the Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers.

For more information about Strengthening Families, please contact contact Tish MacInnis by calling toll-free 1-866-711-4025 or by emailing tmacinnis@smartstartalabama.org.

 
The Alabama Strengthening Families initiative is supported by a grant from
the Alabama Department of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention.