Cultivating Connections and Resiliency with Strong Roots Parent Café

Strong Roots Parent Cafés ™ are a parent-led peer-to-peer program that creates opportunities for community-building conversations that support reflection, nurture growth, and strengthen protective factors. Strong Roots Parent Cafés promote parent and community strengths and resilience, using a well-developed format and a card deck that features reflective questions designed to encourage conversation around the Strong Roots Protective Factors: Connecting with My People, Supporting Feelings, Caring for Myself, Getting Help, and Enjoying with My Child.

Through these conversations, and the opportunity to connect with others in their community, these Cafés are intended to strengthen evidence-based protective factors and reduce social isolation and parenting stress, increase connection to community resources, and empower parents to raise their children safely and with love, in a manner that is consistent with their own cultural, traditions, and values. Strong Roots programs promote health and resilience by fostering safe, strong, and positive relationships for families with young children, from pregnancy to age 6. During this breakout session, participants will learn about the peer-delivered trauma-informed care model Strong Roots Protective Factors which are evidence-based and promote family resilience, and will have the opportunity to experience Strong Roots Parent Cafes. This parent-led program supports community-building conversations to encourage reflection, nurture growth, and strengthen protective factors. Strong Roots Parent Café co-collaborators share accounts of the impacts that Strong Roots Parent Cafés has on parents and caregivers within the community. Additionally, attendees will experience an interactive Strong Roots Parent Café.