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.

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  • 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…

  • Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition Symposium

    Renowned Dr. Paula Meier Speaks at Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition Symposium May 19.   Researcher, Professor, and Author Dr. Paula Meier Ph.D., RN, FAAN speaks on Breastfeeding the Premature Infant: Bridging… Read more…

  • KSBY promotes Kidz Toolbox for Personal Safety

    Every year Center for Family Strengthening instructs over 4,000 Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd grade and Special Needs students in San Luis Obispo County with the Kidz Toolbox for Personal Safety program. Educating children… Read more…

Lisa Fraser – Executive Director

Lisa Fraser, Executive Director of the Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) since 2001, distinguishes herself through her vision to create and grow nine major programs, and two regional initiatives, each designed to strengthen families and stop the cycle of child abuse. 

In July 2016, The LINK Family Resource Center hired Lisa to provide executive director services and oversee a Nonprofit Administrative Consolidation for both organizations. She also serves as Board President of Alpha Pregnancy and Parenting Support, is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Children Services Network and Child Care Planning Council and is a preeminent leader in SLO County’s human service field.

While her legacy has had a tremendous impact on our SLO County community, Lisa’s talents and her commitment to families are recognized on a regional and state level. She provided coordination for the Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, established the Regional Child Death Review Team for Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties and served on the California State Child Death Review Council. Lisa also participated in developing the California Family Support Standards, part of an ongoing initiative to define and promote quality in the field of family strengthening. 

Lisa designed and launched Parent Connection, a county-wide system of parent education resources and coaching services. She was also one of the founding leaders that established Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment Center for at-risk children. In 2016 Lisa was honored with the Cuesta Community College Women of Distinction Award in recognition of her tireless work to protect children in the community. 

With the support of the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention Lisa provides leadership in the Child Abuse Prevention sector and promotes Family Resource Centers as a primary approach to protecting children from neglect and abuse. In 2016 Lisa launched the Strategies 2.0 Southern California Learning Community funded by a grant from California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP). The regional learning community is designed to build the capacity of California’s communities to create the conditions in which all children and families can thrive. Lisa serves a the Learning Community Facilitator and convenes leaders in the field of family strengthening throughout nine counties in Southern California. 

Lisa earned a B.S. Degree and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential at Cal Poly. She has also earned professional certifications including California Standards for Family Strengthening and Support certification, California Mandated Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse certification, non-Profit Development Officer Program certification, and a certificate in Facilitative Leadership-Interaction Institute for Social Change.

Lisa loves the “community spirit” of the Central Coast where she and Larry, her husband of 31 years, have raised two children, Brooke, and Dylan. She is an avid tennis player and active in social organizations and the arts.  

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