Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. The center partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.

Helping families thrive.
  • Give Children Affected by Trauma a Chance to Thrive

    Martha's Place Gives Children who Suffer from Prenatal Substance Exposure and Early Childhood Trauma a Chance to Thrive and to Reach their Full Potential. A research study known as the… Read more…

  • Promotores Collaborative Program Successes!

        The County of San Luis Obispo Preventive Health Grant sponsors the professional coordination services required for a high functioning Promotores Collaborative. Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) provides leadership development and… Read more…

  • CFS Promotes Staff Member

    Center for Family Strengthening promotes Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia to Director of Promotores Collaborative. “We are thrilled with Erica’s accomplishments in driving the growth and success of Promotores Collaborative,” said Lisa Fraser,… Read more…

  • CFS Welcomes New Program Coordinator

    Gwendolyn Garcia has joined Center for Family Strengthening as Program Coordinator for CFS’ major programs: Parent Connection, Kidz Tool Box for personal safety, Promotores Collaborative, Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and… Read more…

  • CFS moves to new location

    Center for Family Strengthening has moved its corporate headquarters to 3480 South Higuera, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo. Affiliate agency ALPHA Pregnancy and Parenting Support is also moving its corporate… Read more…

The Center for Family Strengthening (AKA San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council), a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization was founded by a group of concerned citizens and professionals.  San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, in 1988, designated Center for Family Strengthening as the self-governing entity responsible for local efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect.  To learn more about the purpose of Child Abuse Prevention Councils, click the CAPCfactSheet link.
Child abuse is preventable by strengthening families and fostering healthy development of children.  Working with the Community, the Center for Family Strengthening prevents child abuse by offering programs that make systemic changes in lives of families.  And it works.   Despite a crushing recession and an increasing county population we’ve achieved a 12% decrease in cases of child abuse in SLO County.   Yet, there is still so much more to do.

Through Parent Connection(805-543-3770), we offer parenting skills classes and coaching skills, and support mothers with the Postpartum Depression Support Line(805-541-3367).  Through Kidz Toolbox for Personal Safety, we teach child protective and safety skills.  Our Beginnings program offers prenatal substance use education and ongoing public awareness activities .  We  train professionals on their mandated reporter of suspected child abuse responsibilities’ and educate the community on child abuse reporting laws.  Promotores Collaborative is a volunteer team of Spanish-speaking members who connect to families in need.  We work with Public Health programs to make dental care accessible to the thousands of children in this county who do not qualify for MediCal and coordinate Partnership for Excellence in Family Support,  a network of county-wide Family Resource Centers to provide families with high quality services.
Child abuse prevention is about strengthening families to help families thrive.  We invite you to travel through our website and learn about our evidence-based programs, gain knowledge about the child abuse prevention field and discover how you may partner with the Center for Family Strengthening to promote prevention of child abuse and neglect in San Luis Obispo County.

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