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The "Stand in the Gap" event will be an interactive art installation and resource fair. Join us and learn what risks families in our community are facing, how those risk factors can lead to hurt or abuse, and what WE can do to help families build protective factors into their lives. Whether you are looking for ways to get involved, are seeking help and support for your family, or are just curious - we would love for you to join us.
Risk factors are characteristics that may increase the likelihood of experiencing or perpetrating child abuse and neglect, but they may or may not be direct causes. A combination of individual, relational, community and societal factors contribute to the risk of child abuse and neglect.
Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, and the larger society that mitigate risk and promote the healthy development and well-being of children, youth, and families. Put simply, they are the strengths that help to buffer and support families. Examples of protective factors include community support, parenting competencies, and economic opportunities. Protective factors help ensure that children and youth function well at home, in school, at work, and in the community. They also can serve as safeguards, helping parents who otherwise might be at risk find resources, support, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively—even under stress.