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14 A focus on strengths is a fundamental part of the Core Practice Model. For children and families understanding their strengths and capabilities can be an empowering discovery connecting them with resources they can draw upon to bring about change in their lives. One of the best ways to engage and motivate children and families is to remind them of strengths demonstrated in other situations that can be brought into the present circumstance. We are looking for more than superficial strengths we are looking for functional strengths that can be used in service of the goal of child safety. Think back to a time when you were challenged to do something you believed was beyond you but over time you managed to accomplish that very thing. Chances are you were motivated by the encouragement you received from others who inspired you to put your best foot forward and remember what makes you competent and capable. The strengths work in the Core Practice Model mirrors this natural and continuous process. STRENGTHS