What is Strengthening Families Georgia?
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) is a multi-disciplinary partnership of nearly 50 national, state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based Protective Factors into services and supports for children and their families. SFG is funded by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Famliy and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) through the Federal Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. GAYC administers SFG and chairs the SFG Leadership Team and Partnership. To learn more, check out the Strengthening Families Georgia website, or see the SFG fact sheet in English or in Spanish.
Strengthening Families Georgia Vision
All families with children birth through age five in Georgia have the resources and support necessary for a meaningful and successful life.
Strengthening Families Georgia Mission
To utilize the Strengthening Families assets-based framework of Protective Factors in all systems, programs, services and activities supporting families with young children as the approach to achieving the vision.
Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families approach. Research studies support that when these Protective Factors are well-established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research also shows that these five Protective Factors build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.
- Parental resilience: Parents can bounce back
- Social connections: Parents have friends
- Knowledge of child development: Parents know how children grow and learn
- Concrete support in times of need: Parents know where to turn for help
- Social and emotional competence of children: Children learn to talk about and handle feelings
Stay updated on the projects and resources of SFG through quarterly newsletters. Two newsletters each year are written for parents, and two are written for professionals.