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.
  • 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…


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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