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Protective Factors Part 2

Published: April 14, 2017
Technical Assistance
Child Welfare

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Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that, when present, can mitigate or eliminate risk and can increase health and well-being. Protective factors come in the forms of resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow parents to parent effectively, even under stress.

'Protective Factors Part 2' is the second in a two-part series highlighting protective factors. This episode takes a detailed look into a local agency’s efforts to holistically implement a protective factors-based approach. The conversation also focuses on how a public IV-E agency and a policy organization collaborated to train and sustain the approach at all levels of the agency. The podcast features interviews with the following guests:

  • Cailin O’Connor, senior policy analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Tabitha Kelly, L.C.S.W., C.P.M., division chief, Division of Child and Family Services, Arlington County (VA)

The following are the topics discussed during this podcast:

  • Why a protective factors approach was identified and valued by the agency
  • How staff are trained and reinforced to execute a protective factors approach within their services
  • Lessons learned on how agency leadership can communicate with staff to embrace the shift toward protective factors

'Protective Factors Part 1', the first of this two-part series, provides an overview of protective factors and methods for child welfare professionals to recognize and support protective factors when engaging families. The episode also identifies how protective factors can be developed and supported by community-based organizations.

Runtime: 35:26

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