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…

Wear Blue!


Wear blue to support child abuse prevention!Hi. I’m Isabella. Join me and others in SLO County. 

Wear Blue April 6th! 

For Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

You agree that every child deserves a loving childhood that’s carefree and full of promise.
One in ten children suffers from child abuse in San Luis Obispo County. 

Child abuse is preventable.

With your help, Center for Family Strengthening helps families move from lives overwhelmed by abuse and neglect to lives based on nurturing and love. 
Share photos of you wearing your blue! #WearBlue4Kids #unite4kids

Donate today! Support Child Abuse Prevention in SLO County!

We depend on people like you. You are the backbone of our organization. Please join your neighbors like Bob Watt in contributing to Center for Family Strengthening.

In my many years of working in the Coast Unified School District, I have witnessed the severe negative impact on a child’s social and emotional development when the child’s family is struggling to provide a nurturing and loving environment.  I’ve concluded and now believe that it takes all of us working together to address early symptoms of family problems which may lead to a breakdown of the family unit. I contribute to Center for Family Strengthening because it uniquely applies the resources proven to fill the gaps and strengthen families.” Bob Watt, Director of Student Services, Coast Unified School District

Thank you for your support
preventing child abuse and neglect in our community. 
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