Resiliency refers to the capacity to thrive or remain healthy despite experiencing adversity. Among child welfare professionals, the term is often applied to clients (children, youth, parents, or families) who manage to function normally even though they experienced severe hardships.

Two examples of resiliency are: an abused and neglected child who demonstrates good cognitive, social, and emotional development, or a family struggling with extreme poverty whose children are active and in good health.

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