The Philadelphia Compact is advancing a resilience framework. Under this framework, decisions made about children will be guided as much by children’s assets and competencies as by their needs or deficits.
Resilience is a protective process which enables individuals to reach good outcomes even though they have endured significant adversities. Resilience is a common phenomenon arising from ordinary human adaptation and strength. It is a dynamic process that can change across time, developmental stage, and life domain.
All children, youth, adults, families and communities have the capacity to demonstrate resilience. There are many factors that enhance a child’s resilience pathway including: positive relationships with caregivers, peers, or a caring adult; internal strengths such as problem-solving skills, determination and hope; and environmental factors like effective schools and communities.
With these types of strengths, supports, and (at times) services, we can bolster our capacity for resilience, manage challenges, and successfully reach developmental or life stage milestones as healthy and productive members of society.