Family Assets

The Family Assets® framework takes Developmental Assets to a deeper level. Also developed by the Search Institute by building on the Developmental Assets, these assets are the everyday interactions, values, skills and relationships families can focus on to help them thrive. In good times and challenging times, children, teens, parents, and other family members all play a part.

Search Institute’s Family Assets Framework
Five dimensions that really matter:
            Nurturing RELATIONSHIPS
            Establishing ROUTINES
            Maintaining EXPECTATIONS
            ADAPTING to challenges
            Connecting to COMMUNITY

These strengths are more commonly associated with young people’s well-being than the family’s structure, income, education, immigrant status, community type, and other demographic factors. Furthermore, they are present in all types of families, and all types of families can be more intentional about nurturing them.

Everyone in the community benefits from strong families. Below are ideas on how we can all build assets to better connect to and support families.

Family Assets at home
Family Assets in organizations
Family Assets in community networks
Build Family Assets as a friend or neighbor

For more information and support for parents, visit

Family Assets Discussion Starters for families and those who work with families.

Data is more than just numbers

The OKN Data Portal is an interactive online database. Users will find community and neighbourhood-level information, demographics, OKN research data on health, safety, education, Developmental Assets®, Census data and more. Use it for planning, funding proposal, presentations, mapping and more.

Search data, create maps or add your own data right now!

Take some time to learn more about how to use the OKN Data Portal, OKN research and other types of resources.

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Halton Parenting Directory

Need help with toddler behaviour? Toilet training problems? Expecting a baby? Want to learn about child development? Looking for a parent support group? Struggling to get your child to do homework? Single parent? Wondering how to handle behaviour?

Halton iparent listings are geared to strengthening parenting knowledge and skills. The services, programs, workshops and seminars listed range from courses for expectant parents to discussion groups for parents of teens.