Families need people they can call on when they need sympathetic ear, advice or support. Conversely, research has shown families who are isolated are at higher risk for child abuse and neglect.

Recognizing your connections

  • Identify the groups to which you belong –neighborhood, child care center, children’s school, kid’s afterschool activities, work, church, extended family.
  • What groups help you feel good about yourself?
  • Are there other places you would like to connect?
  • Where do you spend your time? Do you have connections with others?

Building connections

  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Learn more about your co-workers.
  • Stay connected to your friends.
  • Expand your circle and build relationships with friends of friends.
  • Start a conversation with other parents while waiting on your kids. Find ways to introduce yourself.
  • Link with other parents who have kids the same age as yours.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Attend school activities.
  • Become a regular at the local library.
  • Invite other families to spend time with you at the park, library or community center.
  • Find a faith community that has an active children and youth ministry.

Learn more about protective factors for your family.