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.
  • Holiday Concert “Ring the Bells”

    Igna Swearingen, renowned vocalists & Michael Nowak, highly acclained guest conductor, are guest artists at the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra Holiday Concert "Ring The Bells" on December 18th, 2016.Center… Read more… 

  • CFS Receives 2 Major Grants

    Center for Family Strengthening Receives 2 Major Grants from the State Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) to improve Child Abuse Prevention Outcomes CFS is one of Six grantees in… Read more… 

  • PG&E Power Plant Awarded

    PG&E Diablo Canyon Power Plant Receives Award from California Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC).   CBC Recognizes Diablo Canyon for Exemplary Breastfeeding Policies and Accommodating Lactating Employees with Private Lactation Rooms.The California Breastfeeding… Read more… 

  • CFS Receives $8,000 Grant

    Center for Family Strengthening Receives $8,000 Grant From The Community Foundation SLO County.This grant will help support the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition.Center for Family Strengthening has received a $8,000 grant… Read more… 

  • CFS honors ‘silent hero’

    Sharon Baldridge has been volunteering for more than 40 yearsSharon Baldridge–Depressed and anxious about her divorce and the prospect of raising her young girls on her own, Sharon Baldridge heeded… Read more… 

Beginnings of San Luis Obispo County

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San Luis Obispo County is a community where every child is born free of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances.


Beginnings’ mission is to create a local culture that supports women in their efforts to abstain from alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances during pregnancy.


Beginnings goals are to build collaborative partnerships between county programs, community agencies, policymakers, local businesses and community members in order to:

  1. Raise Community Awareness about the benefits of healthy pregnancy and the consequences of prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances.
  2. Educate our community
  • Develop culturally relevant and group specific educational materials for the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the effects of other harmful substances.
  • Enhance and expand training of all health care providers on the message of ‘Zero’ use of alcohol, tobacco or other harmful substances during pregnancy.
  • Advocate for increased access to effective & culturally appropriate alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substance use treatment for women of childbearing


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