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.
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    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…

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  • 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…

Family Resource Centers

Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County, known as family resource centers (FRCs), to provide resources to families in need.
Over the past two decades family resource centers (FRCs) have become community fixtures and an effective means of reducing barriers to family services, delivering resources, and providing parent education.

Vehicles for Change

In April 2000, the California Family Resource Center Learning Circle (Learning Circle) published Vehicles for Change, Volume I. The Learning Circle was a diverse group of individuals including researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and funders. The group contributed experience and expertise to define family support as a model to prevent child abuse and neglect
The nature of an FRC is agile, evolving and unique to the community it serves. FRC staff, known as Family Advocates, work closely with schools, local government, county social services, community-based organizations and health care providers to support families. FRC services and programs build on family strengths and provide concrete support during crisis.
Vehicles for Change, Volume I was a seminal document that described the characteristics and activities of quality family resource centers (FRC) and became a guide to both funders and practitioners. 

A family resource center is a vehicle for positive change for families. 

Today FRC leadership continues to refine the model by implementing best practices from the family strengthening field, investing time and resources in evaluation, and engaging community stakeholders in the health of children and families. 

 In 2017 Vehicles for Change, Volume II was published and tells the story of the evolution of Family Resource Centers (FRCs) since 2000. The publication describes the factors that have contributed to the growth and development if FRCs and how these programs have expanded into other institutions including education, libraries, health centers and childcare centers. 
Click here to view Vehicles for Change Volume I and Volume II
Click here to download the SLO County Family Resource Center Directory.
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