Resiliency Resources for Child Welfare Advocates & Professionals

SCAN works to build resiliency in children by empowering adults to connect in positive, nurturing ways with the children in their own family and the greater community. This series of tools for child advocates and professionals helps build resiliency in children and themselves. Those tools currently include:

Connections Assessments

Download the appropriate Connections Assessment worksheet below, then use it to help children, parents or professionals consider their own connections and how they can better develop these important resources.

> Connections Assessment for a Child (PDF)
Connections Assessment for a Parent (PDF)
Connections Assessment for Professionals (PDF)

We also recommend this Resiliency Quiz from Dr. Robert Brooks.

Children’s Stories that Build Resiliency

We encourage you to explore books like those chosen for our Children’s Stories that Build Resiliency series, as well as encourage parents you work with to do the same. It can be a great way to spend quality time with kids, connect on a deeper level and leave them with meaningful messages that can impact their own resiliency.

> Download our Children’s Stories that Build Resiliency book list & worksheets for each title here.
> Download our Young Adult Stories that Build Resiliency book list & worksheets for each title here.
> Visit our Children’s Stories that Build Resiliency board on Pinterest here.

“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” Resource Series

As part of our Kids Need Connections campaign, we developed a series of tools to help resource providers (and parents) use the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” to build resiliency in children and families:

Have You Filled a Bucket? Overview
Bucket Filling Note Cards
A-Z Check List for Filling Buckets
Have You Filled a Bucket? Coloring Page

Build Up / Tear Down Jenga Game

For professionals: As service providers, there are many things that happen to us in our jobs and personal lives that tear us down. Have you ever thought about what those things are or if they are the same things that affect our co-workers? This Jenga game is a great exercise to begin a dialogue among your co-workers about the obstacles that you face as well as to begin supporting each other in order to create a stronger team and to address the issues of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout.
> Download the Build Up / Tear Down Game for Adults

For youth: There are many things that happen in your life that tear you down. Have you ever thought about what those things are or if they are the same things that affect your friends? This Jenga game is a great exercise to begin a dialogue with your friends and family about the obstacles you face as well as talking about ways that we can begin supporting each other in order to make ourselves more resilient.
> Download the Build Up / Tear Down Game for Youth

For children: “Resiliency” is the ability to bounce back after something bad or sad happens to us. It’s when we keep on going even though something may be really hard to deal with. There are many things that happen in your life that “tear you down” or make you feel sad or mad. Have you ever thought about what those things are? Have you wondered if these same things also make your friends feel upset or hurt? It is important to know the things that “tear us down” as well as the things we can do to “build ourselves back up” again. This Jenga game is a great game to help you talk with your friends and family about the things that cause you to feel bad and the things that make you feel better.
> Download the Build Up / Tear Down Game for Children

Want to learn more? Get connected with other child welfare advocates and professionals! Join our Allies in Prevention Coalition.