The Prevention Board Family Strengthening Continuum consists of an array of evidence-based and evidence-informed primary prevention strategies that are supported by the Prevention Board and its partners. Research has shown that children are more likely to thrive when their families that have the support, they need to maintain safe, stable and nurturing environments for their children. The Continuum components provide families with education and opportunities to build family strength. These strategies are an integral part of a comprehensive approach to child maltreatment prevention, connecting to existing services including secondary and tertiary efforts. The continuum components were developed using the best available knowledge from research and practice. ​

​​Family Strengthening Continuum

The Family Strengthening Continuum is grounded in the Protective Factors Framework​. Newborn home visits provide referral to concrete support, facilitate the growth of social connections and boost resilience by caring for the parent needs as well as those of the infant. Abusive head trauma prevention teaches the characteristics of normal infant crying patterns and how to cope with crying. Parent education helps build skills that address children's behavioral challenges and enhance social and emotional competence. Child sexual abuse prevention efforts strengthen capacity of parents and professionals to protect children and maintain their safety.

The Prevention Board seeks to implement the Family Strengthening Continuum in collaboration with local communities through its competitive grant making process and provision of training, technical assistance and resources. Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a well-established model for the delivery of primary prevention family support services, such as the Continuum. FRCs serve as community hubs that promote child, family and community strengths, build parenting skills and provide access to community supports, thereby reducing the likelihood of child maltreatment. FRCs are universally accessible, support families throughout their life cycle and serve as a cornerstone for comprehensive, community-based family support systems. Map of ​FRCs in Wisconsin​. 

​​​Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Prevention Programs

For more information on evidence-based and evidence-informed child abuse and neglect prevention programs: