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…

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Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.” ~ Dr. Robert Block, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

 

ACEs Connection

Join the movement to prevent ACEs, heal trauma and build resilience by subscribing to ACEsConnection. This community-in-practice social network is our trusted resource for staying current with news, research, and events, and connecting with people using trauma-informed/resilience-building practices. 
 

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on. Watch her TED talk here,

 

Resources from the California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care

How Trauma Can Impact Four Types of Memory

Trauma can have a profound impact on a person’s memory and traumatic memory can affect not only the brain, but also the body and nervous system as well.

 10 Key Ingredients for Trauma-Informed Care Info-Graph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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