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…

Learning Community

Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs

The Strategies 2.0 Southern California Learning Community is pleased to announce the theme for the 2018-2019 year, titled Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs. Over the next year the SoCal Learning Community will bring together stakeholders in the family strengthening field to learn how to utilize data to improve family strengthening initiatives and increase community engagement. The schedule of convenings is as follows:

Friday November 30, 2018
Know Your Audience: Local Civic Leaders/Policy Makers and Community/Agency Partners 
Participate in person in Atascadero, Los Angeles, Lancaster or San Diego or LIVE online from your computer. 
Enroll Here!

Friday March 8, 2019
Know Your Audience: Staff and Volunteers 
Participate in person in Atascadero, Whittier, Lancaster or San Diego or LIVE online from your computer. 

Friday May 17, 2019
Know Your Audience: Program Participants, Clients and Community Members
*Save the Date

Strategies 2.0 Regional Learning Community

CFS Executive Director, Lisa Fraser, is the designated Strategies 2.0 Learning Community Facilitator for the Southern California (SoCal) region. 

Strategies 2.0 is a collaborative partnership that supports the professionalization of California’s family strengthening field. Learn more at

Throughout the year the learning community convenes to build the capacity of the regional participants to lead the development of strong, healthy, connected communities in order to support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

A learning community is 
an innovative approach
to peer learning
for the family strengthening field. 

The learning community is designed to connect members and allies of the child abuse prevention field, and facilitate a more collaborative and consistent prevention dialogue throughout the state.

The 9 counties in the SoCal region include:
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial. Collectively the SoCal region serves over 5 million children and their families. 
As an experienced leader in the field of strengthening families CFS brings together a cohesive, diverse learning community of highly valued constituents, strengthened by cross sector engagement, to create impactful local and regional strategies for the family-strengthening field.
Community stakeholders, constituents, partners and leaders can participate in the learning community through:
  • Interactive convenings across the region
  • Trainings
  • Webinars 
  • Consultation services

Learn more about services and enroll for convenings, trainings and webinars HERE!

2017-18 regional convening topics:

June 21, 2018. A Collaborative Model for Success: Magnolia Community Initiative
Topic Specialist: The SoCal Learning Community is pleased to showcase the Magnolia Community Initiative (MCI). This impressive, high functioning collaborative covers a 5-square mile/500 blockcatchment area that includes 35,000 youth and children in Los Angeles. With over 70 partners of residents, public and private organizations, MCI is transforming an entire community, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for an entire community of vulnerable, low income children. 


May 23, 2018. Engaging Emerging Leaders in Your Family Strengthening Collaboration. Family Strengthening Organizations and Collaboratives need strong, skilled, confident leaders to sustain and grow the field. 
Topic Specialist: etsuko kubo. etsuko is the Program Director for On the Verge, the flagship program of On The Move and brings over 18 years of education and nonprofit experience to the organization. On The Verge supports emerging leaders in building knowledge, clarity and strength at the personal, interpersonal and professional levels. etsuko is currently the primary coach for numerous On The Verge cohorts of leaders from the fields of education, youth empowerment and development, social services, family strengthening, and neighborhood development. 


Thursday December 7, 2017. Building Community Engagement into Your Family Strengthening Collaboration. 
Topic Specialists: Community engagement specialists from Safe Long Beach – a Citywide violence prevention plan adopted by Long Beach City Council which addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. Safe Long Beach Report Card.

Tuesday September 26, 2017. 
Engaging Uncommon Partners Towards a Common Purpose: how multi-disciplinary collaboration can champion child and family wellbeing.
Topic Specialist: Anne Light M.D., Medical Director for Orange County Social Services Agency and founding partner of the WE CAN Coalition, a county-wide collaboration to collectively address the intersecting needs of children, families and communities touched by abuse. WE CAN Overview. WE CAN Summary.




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