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…


Strong kids come from strong families. Center for Family Strengthening helps families become and stay strong with programs to prevent child abuse and provide essential resources to support families in need within our community.

There are over 50,000 children in San Luis Obispo County. These are 50,000 reasons why we engage the broader community to work together with individual families to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

Our work to build strong families to prevent abuse is much less costly than trying to treat the perilous effects of abuse and neglect after they have occurred. The major risk factors of abuse are poverty, substance abuse, poor mental health and generational child abuse within the family. 

Ways you can support #StrongFamilies:

  • Volunteer at your local Family Resource Center, even a very few hours makes a great positive difference.
  • Become a mentor for a child. You can be a consistent, stable and caring adult. Your presence for even a short while makes a big impact.
  • Serve on a Board of Directors at a family strengthening organization.
  • Join a fundraising committee that supports programs that help families in need.
  • Attend a community government meeting to voice the needs of families.
  • Promote family serving organizations through your social media channels.
  • Advocate for safe neighborhoods where families can grow and thrive.
  • Contribute your expertise to emerging family strengthening initiatives. 
  • Learn about the concrete supports families need in order to achieve stability.
  • Offer to babysit for a friend or family member.  Parenting is hard work and everyone deserves a break now and then.
  • Become a parent educator and provide tools and a support network for parents. 
  • Participate with your local food bank, shelter or church program to help families during tough times.
  • Support an organization that helps families. 
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