In all of SCAN’s programs, our trained staff members work closely with caregivers, knowing that our work with them will impact the family now and for generations to come. From treatment and education groups in the Family Support Program, to mental health groups at the Child Advocacy Center, to community child abuse prevention workshops, SCAN works to empower caregivers to better protect and nurture their children.

Research has indicated that having certain characteristics can prevent maltreatment from occurring.  These skills are called “Protective Factors,” and they combine to help create safe, stable and nurturing relationships within families. All of our programs seek to enrich protective factors and decrease risk factors. Learn more about these vital parenting traits:

  • Nurturing and Attachment – Parents have a close bond with their children which helps them to better understand, respond to and communicate with their children.
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development – Knowledge changes over time – research, social expectations, social structures and laws all influence these changes.
  • Parental Resilience – Parents have flexibility and inner strength necessary to bounce back when things are not going well.
  • Social Connections – Parents who have a network of emotionally supportive friends, family and neighbors often find it easier to care for their children and themselves.
  • Concrete Support for Parents – Families who can meet their own basic needs are better able to ensure their children’s safety and well-being.
  • Social and Emotional Competence of the Child – Children’s emerging ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior, and effectively communicate their feelings has a positive impact on their relationships with their family, other adults, and peers.

Learn more about Protective Factors here.


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