Concrete Support Protective Factors Conversation Guide

Date: February 2024

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2023

File Size: 238 KB

Caregivers whose concrete needs are met have more time and energy to devote to their children’s safety and well-being. When families do not have steady financial resources, lack a stable living situation, or cannot afford food or health care, their ability to support their children’s healthy development may be at risk. Partnering with parents to identify and access resources in the community helps them protect and care for their children.

Caregivers may need more than just a phone number. Consider providing support during initial calls, introducing them directly to a personal contact, or otherwise offering a warm hand-off to a fellow service provider. Be sure to refer families to providers who speak their language, are culturally competent, and are committed to equity.