Social Capital

Protective Factors of Resilience: A Substance Abuse Prevention Strategy

Among the range of interventions needed to address the opioid and drug abuse crisis, community-based strategies and two-generational, whole-family preventions which build protective factors of resilience are worth investment. Protective factors, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),…


Making the Link with the Strengthening Families Framework

FAST® is recognized by The Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) Strengthening Families™ in its Making the Link series. The Strengthening Families framework is a “research-informed approach” that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children…


The Power of Social Capital to Reduce Disparities

The Kids Count (2016) and Race for Results (2017) reports by the Annie E. Casey Foundation identified disparities in overall child well-being across America. The local and national trends made visible through these reports highlight stark racial and socio-economic gaps,…


FAST Through the Eyes of Participating Families

Dr. Melodie Fearnow-Kenney, from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for School-Community Collaboration, and her colleagues recently investigated child and parent perceptions of FAST in their empirical article, “Child and Parent Voices on a Community-Based Prevention Program.” While Fearnow-Kenney and her colleagues…


A Focus on Family and Youth Mental Health in Lyons Township, Illinois

The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission, established in 1972, is a local planning and funding body “working to enhance community services for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse problems.” Enabling residents to lead more productive and fulfilling…


Creating Lasting Community in San Antonio

Family Service Association of San Antonio has been a fixture in the community for 114 years. Established in 1903, Family Service has been providing financial assistance to families struggling with poverty and in need of support. Guided by its mission…


It Takes a Village: Parent Engagement in Non-School Settings

Most conversations about parent engagement focus on schools, but there’s recognition that schools can only do so much. Family involvement in non-school settings, such as early childhood programs, after school activities and within communities, increase a child’s chance at success.…


Social Capital

The term “social capital” dates as early back as 1916 when L. J. Hanifan described it as: “goodwill, fellowship, mutual sympathy and social intercourse among a group of individuals and families who make up a social unit.” Recently, social capital has…