What are the Five Protective Factors? The Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families approach. Extensive evidence supports the common sense notion that when these Protective Factors are present and robust in a family, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminish. Research also shows that these are the factors that create healthy…

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Stress Relief Playbooks and Recommendations Released in Response to COVID-19 As part of the state’s comprehensive approach to responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Office of the California Surgeon General released two stress relief playbooks to help support mental and physical health, and the Department of Health Care Services released recommendations for Medi-Cal…

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This is a stressful time for parents and children alike, and many families are turning to exercise and yoga to cope. The Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on Youtube offers yoga and meditation classes for children ages 3+. Each class incorporates a kid-friendly theme- yoga can be done on the farm, under the sea, while going…

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During this time of shelter-in-place it’s important and challenging to make sure your kids are able to learn and be entertained, despite school closures. To address this, Audible is currently offering its service for FREE to school age kids. Visit stories.audible.com to find hundreds of titles for kids 0-18.

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10 ways to avoid ACEs (during the pandemic) How can we reduce ACEs and toxic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic? Many of us are concerned that increased stress might increase the risk for ACEs. For example, most child abuse happens when adults reach their breaking point. However, we are not powerless in the face of…

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