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.
  • 2019 Children’s Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony

    Please join us for the 1st Annual Children's Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony in San Luis Obispo County. The Department of Social Services in collaboration with the California Office of Child… Read more…

  • 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Academy

    Please join Center for Family Strengthening and Cuesta College Early Childhood Education for the Annual Child Abuse Prevention Academy. We gather every April in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month to… Read more…

  • 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…

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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