Protective Factors Introduction


Building the Strengthening Families Protective Factors

Every person & every family needs protective factors!

Protective factors are strengths within families & communities that serve to protect their healthy development & well-being, especially during times of stress. Building these strengths at every opportunity is a proven way to strengthen families and prevent child abuse & neglect.

*Parental Resilience. Strength, flexibility & courage during stress to deal with challenges.

*Social Connections. Parents need friends, family & neighbors that care about them and their children.

*Concrete Support in Times of Need. Everyone needs help sometimes; it’s okay to ask for help, which builds resilience.

*Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development. Parenting is part natural & part learned; there’s no such thing as a perfect parent.

*Social & Emotional Competence. Through positive interactions with caring adults, children learn to communicate, develop & learn to use their thinking skills appropriately.

The safety & well-being of our children is essential. Children who are treated with respect & exposed repeatedly to positive parenting have an increased chance to become caring & nurturing caregivers themselves. In addition, kids that receive the necessary education, care & attention help ensure healthier adults, successful citizens & safer communities.

  • Sturgeon Bay Blessing Boxes – there are little blessing boxes around Sturgeon Bay that have non-perishable food items and personal care items available for free. Just walk up and take what you need. Here is a map of blessing box locations. Sturgeon Bay Blessing Boxes
  • Affordable Preventative Vet Pop Up Clinic – For dogs and cats — Microchipping, vaccinations, testing & deworming, heartworm prevention, flea & tick medications are available at Tractor Supply in Sturgeon Bay through PetVet at very reasonable pricing. see full details on the PetVet website.

Join the partnership

The Partnership is open to any Door County Community member. You are especially encouraged to attend our quarterly Partnership meetings to hear what the Partnership has been working on.