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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  • 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…

Our Victories

“We’ve achieved a 12% decrease in child abuse in SLO County.”*

Center for Family Strengthening’s unique programs support the needs of children and families and make a difference in their lives.

  • Parent Connection has helped over 3,500 parents improve their parenting skills, create greater family unity and instill self-discipline in children.
  • Postpartum Depression Support provides emotional support to more than 500 women.
  • Kidz Toolbox for Personal Safety educates 4,500 children with self-protective and safety skills each year.
  • Beginnings of San Luis Obispo educates 7,000 students and community members each year about the negative impact of prenatal substance use on the developing child.
  • Mandated Reporter of suspected child abuse training educates the community on child abuse reporting laws.
  • Promotores Collaborative builds healthy families through Spanish-speaking volunteer advocates working with the community.
  • Dental Care for Kids makes dental care accessible to children who do not qualify for Medi-Cal coverage and cannot afford services.
  • Advisory Community Board for Nurse-Family Partnership helps at-risk, mothers have healthy pregnancies.
  • Partnership for Excellence in Family Support, the network of 14 Family Resource Centers providing families with high-quality services and opportunities to thrive.

*Source: Vital Signs – 2013 Applied Survey Research

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