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.
  • The Success of Nurse-Family Partnership

    SLO County’s Amazing Hero-Nurses for First-Time Moms The Nurse-Family Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (NFP), is a tremendously successful maternal and childhood health programs for low-income first-time mothers. As a national… Read more…

  • Fourth Annual Donor Breastmilk Drive

    Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition Hosts Fourth Annual Donor Breastmilk Drive Drive Supports the San Jose Mother's Milk Bank to Nourish Premature Babies Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition (CCBC) will host the… Read more…

  • Parent Connection Symposium

    Noted Child and Family Therapist, Ron Huxley, LMFT Speaks at Parent Connection Symposium on September 22, 2017. Understanding Generational Patterns of Parenting Ron Huxley, noted child and family therapist, speaker… 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…

Board of Directors

                                                2014-15 BOARD OF DIRECTORS  

Category Name Professional


Child Care Community Joseph Castro, Jr


Executive Committee

Community Action Partnership- SLO County

State Migrant Head Start

Education Bob Watt


Executive Committee

Principal ,

Cambria Elementary School

Coast Unified School District



   and Health Care

Patti Hempenius





Business Owner

Central Coast Funds for Children

Medical/Health Care



Brenda Harker, PHN



Public Health Supervisor,

Nurse Family Partnership of SLO County


Therapeutic Comm.



Laurie Morgan


Executive Committee


Systems Coordinator

SLO County Behavioral Health

Partnership for Excellence in Family Support


Members at Large Mary Bianchi


Director, University of Calif.

Cooperative Extension


Friends of Martha’s Place


  Dan Cano


Executive Committee

Ex. Director, The Link

Partnership for Excellence in Family Support




Jason Reed

V. President

Executive   Committee


Women’s Shelter Program of SLO County

Partnership for Excellence in Family Support

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2012-2013  990 
2011 990  


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