Best Practice

As of July 1, 2015, there are over 2,200 children in Orange County foster care, where they are at exponentially greater risk for poor health and well-being, delinquency, and high school dropout, as well as poverty, homelessness, and victimization in adulthood.
 
While we know the dangers of failing to protect and support foster children, preventing these crises starts well before a child enters the child welfare system. Research shows that many factors and stressors can increase the risk of child abuse and neglect: from social isolation and general poverty to substance abuse, mental illness, or domestic violence (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2015).
 
To address these risk factors before child abuse and neglect become a reality, FaCT deploys the Strengthening Families™ approach developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Rather than chipping away at keeping harmful things from happening, this approach nurtures the positive assets and characteristics that will protect and promote healthy behaviors when stressful times arise.
 
What does this look like? In practice, it means that FaCT FRC programs are designed to encourage five Protective Factors: