The 5 Protective Factors

Social Connections

We connect people to their natural systems of support.

It is important for parents to have social connections outside of their family. These social connections develop and reinforce community norms around child-rearing, provide assistance in times of need and are a resource for parenting information.

To aid families in building these types of networks, the FRCs organize Parent Cafés. Parent Cafés are free, monthly dinners, with childcare included, for families. These cafés are a series of guided conversations to develop community wisdom, build parent voices and facilitate action to improve children’s lives.

Attendees make new friends, share ideas, learn about community resources, set family goals and discover techniques to achieve them. Parents learn from each other; they listen, share experiences and reflect on their own parenting style. Friendships among the parents flourish in a non-judgmental and safe environment.

The support that I’ve received has helped me to strengthen my family and be a better mom, wife and friend. I feel supported and I know my family will be okay, with what I have learned.

Christina’s Story

When the Ramirez family moved to Modesto, Christina (mom) felt depressed and frustrated with the family’s new circumstances. She attended a Parent Café through her children’s new school. Within a few months of making friends and finding community, it was clear Christina was taking better care of herself and appeared happier. The whole family dynamic shifted to a positive outlook.

Parental Resilience

Families are made of strengths, not weaknesses.

Parental resilience is the ability to be flexible, cope with, and bounce back from a variety of challenges. It is about creatively solving problems, building trusting relationships, maintaining a positive attitude and seeking help when necessary.

Mental health counseling is a method for people to find their inherent strength to cope with their personal struggles. CHS provides counseling services to children (ages 5-21) and their families at various school sites and Family Resource Centers throughout Stanislaus County.

We also conduct one-on-one and group sessions for individuals, couples and families at our community clinic in Modesto. We offer assessment and treatment for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral disorders and more.

MOSES PACHECO, a behavioral health clinician at CHS, says that he loves that counseling is a means to connect with clients, encourage them to feel their emotions and to help translate that into a positive light to improve their lives.

MARIA, a single mom, explains that the counseling she received at CHS taught her accountability for her actions and words, and helped her set goals.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

We support families and children through growth and development.

Our Healthy Birth Outcomes (HBO) program encourages positive pregnancies and parenting by teaching prenatal health, baby development and milestones while establishing a support network for women who are pregnant or have a child younger than one-year-old. After participating in HBO, 90% of mothers report they had a positive parenting change.

HBO provides information about the stages of child development to help parents learn how to have a healthy full-term pregnancy and to raise a healthy baby.

Many of our FRCs also host an annual Community Baby Shower complete with games, a raffle, food and gifts, because having a baby is a cause for celebration! There is even a New Dad Boot Camp for dads-to-be to learn practical parenting tools while the baby shower is taking place

Concrete Support In Times of Need

We provide a caring environment where people are treated with compassion and respect.

Providing concrete support is about ensuring basic needs are met, such as food, clothing, shelter, and connecting families to services like counseling in times of crisis.

Jaymes was in need of shelter after running away from home. His mom took him to Hutton House thinking he was less likely to run away there. She was right; Jaymes says Hutton House gave him a stable place to stay as well as a caring staff he felt comfortable with. He is now part of the Community Youth Connection, a youth-run, adult-supported community service and leadership project.

Hutton House is a state-licensed temporary shelter program in Modesto for runaway, homeless and youth in crisis who are ages 13-17. Services for families dealing with adolescent-parent challenges are also available at Hutton House.

We provide no-cost services 24-hours a day to meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth, and conduct crisis intervention and family sessions to prevent them from running away. Hutton House also offers drop-in services to youth including showers, clothing, hot meals and laundry facilities.

Social/Emotional Competence

Positive change occurs when people develop new skills, cope more effectively and build better relationships.

Children need opportunities to practice their social skills and communicate their feelings. We teach children the ability to interact positively with others, to self-regulate and to effectively communicate their emotions.

Our Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides short-term education, prevention and intervention services to students K-12 to build life, social and coping skills. This program includes one-on-one individual sessions, group sessions, conflict mediations, classroom presentations, teacher trainings, community referrals and parent contacts.

The goal of SAP is to provide students the support they need and an opportunity to learn life skills so they may achieve greater success in school and life. A student may be seen for up to 8 sessions, per situation. A provider will make the appropriate referrals, when additional support is needed.

The most prevalent reasons for contact are anger management, academics, anxiety, family and relationship issues.

CHS employs Student Assistance Specialists in over 77 schools throughout Stanislaus County.