The Northern California Regional CAPC follows the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP – Strengthening Families Approach as a framework for regional efforts to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect.  The Northern California Regional CAPC is made up of several north state counties including Butte, Colusa, Lassen, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity.

As described on the CSSP website, Strengthening Families is a research-informed, cost-effective approach to increase family strengths and stability, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building Five Protective Factors, which are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Using the Strengthening Families framework, more than 30 states are shifting policy and practice to help programs working with children and families focus on protective factors. States apply the Strengthening Families approach in early childhood, child welfare, child abuse prevention and other child and family serving systems.

Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protec­tive factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.