Yolo Family Strengthening Network (YFSN)
Working together to make a difference in Yolo County!


Strengthening Families™ is a research-based strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce child abuse and neglect. It focuses on building Five Protective Factors to promote better outcomes for families. In 2012, over 20 Yolo County agencies and organizations joined together to form the Yolo Family Strengthening Network (YFSN), which aims to bring about fundamental change in how we serve families in Yolo County. The YFSN was created to initiate a process of integrating the Protective Factors Framework into Yolo County service systems countywide. YCCA is the coordinator of the network because of its role as the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

YFSN Vision

The vision of the YFSN is to afford all Yolo County children the opportunity to grow up in stable, nurturing families strengthened by supportive communities.

YFSN Mission

The mission of the YFSN is to integrate the Five Protective Factors into existing programs and systems and foster partnerships that strengthen Yolo County’s agencies and organizations.

The Five Protective Factors are the following:

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Resources on Family Strengthening and the Five Protective Factors

  1. Background information on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (visit website)
  2. Research briefs on the Five Protective Factors from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (download PDF)
  3. Tools to Support Family Strengthening Implementation from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (download PDF)
  4. California Network of Family Strengthening Network’s Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support (visit website)
  5. Core meanings of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (download PDF)