Strong and Stable Families

Strong and Stable Families


Strong and Stable Families is a mixed-methods study that aims to (1) identify protective factors that reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in Wisconsin households; (2) examine the impact of Wisconsin’s Family Resource Centers. Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are universal, primary prevention programs that help parents and caregivers from all socioeconomic backgrounds access an array of services and community resources. During phase 1 of the project, survey data were collected from more than 650 parents who received services from one of 18 different FRCs along with 1,500 parents who were randomly selected from the general population. In addition to household and community protective factors, the survey yielded data on adverse and positive life experiences, health and well-being, social determinants of health, family demographics, and FRC service experiences. A second study phase is planned to launch in 2024, through which quantitative and qualitative data will be collected to generate new insights into the implementation and impact of the FRCs.


Joshua Mersky
Allison Amphlett
ChienTi Plummer Lee
Colleen Janczewski


Wisconsin Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board


Wisconsin Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board

Strengthening Families Together Association

Family Resource Center Partners

Black River Falls Family Resource Center
Burnett County Family Resource Center
Family & Childcare Resources N.E.W., Brown County
Family Resource Center Inc, Eau Claire County
Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley
Northwest Connection Family Resources, Sawyer County
The Parenting Network, Milwaukee
The Parenting Place, La Crosse County
4C Family Center of Washington County
Indian Community School FRC, Franklin
Prevention Services Network, Kenosha
Rhinelander Family Resource Center
River Source Family Center, Chippewa County
Rock County Family Resource Center
Watertown Family Resource Center

All Child & Family Well-Being