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Dear Together WE CAN Community,

We are excited to share with you the first edition of our Community Connections e-source letter. During this unprecedented time of social distancing, we want to provide community resources for us to stay connected to one another in support of our children, families, and communities.

Our community work to prevent child abuse and neglect has become more pressing, as we know economic and emotional instability is becoming more common for families across the nation and in our neighborhoods. With this in mind, we want to focus on what we know works in preventing child abuse and neglect: the Strengthening Families Approach. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five key protective factors.

Below are some tips, tools, and resources you can use to build these protective factors in your home and community.


1. Parental resiliency Managing stress and functioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.

  • Parents Helping Parents: A weekly conversation with other parents to foster an open exchange of ideas, support, information and resources. These conversations will happen through video conference and/or dial-in. Please email or call (612) 354-9794 to learn more and join the conversation. (Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver, & Dakota Counties)
  • Crisis Text Line – Text MN to 741741. The Crisis Text Line provides free crisis support 24/7 for any crisis. (MN Department of Health)


2. Social connections Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support.

  • Practicing Resilience in Community:  A daily virtual conversation to practice calming our nervous systems and integrating all the parts of our brains so we can be at our best in the challenges that we face. A family-friendly gathering in community, sharing of strengths from many cultures, and practicing relationship building. (Minnesota Communities Caring for Children)


3. Knowledge of parenting and child development Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.


4. Concrete support in times of need Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges.


5. Social and emotional competence of children Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.


*Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy, Strengthening Families: A Protective Factors Framework,


More ways to join the Together WE CAN movement:

  • Follow us and join in the conversation on Facebook @TogetherWECANScottCounty
  • Email or call (952) 496-8893 to join a monthly workgroup
    • Parental Resiliency
    • Concrete Supports for Mental and Chemical Health
    • Whole Family Systems


We are in this together, and Together WE CAN end child abuse and neglect.


Be well,



Heather Wilson | Foster America Fellow

Scott County | 200 4th Ave W Shakopee, MN 55379

(952) 496-8893 |

Delivering What Matters: Safe, Healthy & Livable Communities


To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please call: 952-496-8959 during business hours (Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM). Reports made after 4:30 PM or on weekends can be made to your local law enforcement.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255) We can ALL help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.



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