Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo

Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County – We’re developing a sustainable, diverse, and comprehensive culture that promotes equal access to community resources and services among all members of the Hispanic community in San Luis Obispo County.

San Luis Obispo County Child Advocacy Center

The SLO Child Advocacy Center (CAC) coordinates a multi-disciplinary team to reduce systemic trauma to child victims, improve investigations, and increase aftercare well being for children and families.

Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County

CFS manages the countywide delivery of parent education and coaching services, and a web-based family resource center with a current list of parenting classes and parenting support services in SLO County.

Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo

Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County – We’re developing a sustainable, diverse, and comprehensive culture that promotes equal access to community resources and services among all members of the Hispanic community in San Luis Obispo County.

Central Coast Breast Feeding Coalition

The Coalition brings together a collaborative team of breastfeeding advocates to network, share resources, accomplish projects, and provide breastfeeding education based on current research and best practice. 

Dental Care For Kids

CFS works with Public Health Programs to make dental care accessible to many children in the community who do not qualify for MediCal coverage.

Mandated Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse Training

We educate the community on child abuse reporting laws, who is a mandated reporter, and how to report suspected child abuse.

The SLO County Child & Family Wellness Collaborative is dedicated to a shared vision:

A united system of prevention resources supporting families to provide stable and nurturing relationships and communities for their children

Based on the Families First Prevention Services (click here for website), the SLO County Child & Family Wellness Collaborative is dedicated to achieving its mission.

Mission: Establish a collective impact approach to align and improve collaborative efforts to promote safe, constant, nurturing relationships and communities for children, youth and families through data-informed practices and policy development.

To learn more about the San Luis Obispo County Child & Family Wellness Collaborative,please contact: Lisa Fraser, Executive Director, Center for Family | (805) 439-1994

Center for Family Strengthening

3480 Higuera St Suite 100, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 439-1994

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One in ten children suffers from child abuse. Child abuse is preventable. Our programs make positive, systemic changes in the lives of families. Strong kids come from strong families. CFS helps families become and stay strong with programs to prevent child abuse and provide essential resources to support families in need within our community. Donate to a program today! To learn more and contribute in other ways, please contact us directly.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of Center for Family Strengthening?

Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. CFS manages primary prevention programs for families that provide parent education, community outreach, and healing services for child abuse victims. In addition CFS partners closely with family support organizations in SLO County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.


Center for Family Strengthening (AKA San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council) was founded by a group of concerned citizens and professionals.  In 1988 the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors designated Center for Family Strengthening as the self-governing entity responsible for local efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. To learn more about the purpose of Child Abuse Prevention Councils, visit Best Practice Guidelines for California’s Child Abuse Prevention Councils. Link:


Center for Family Strengthening, a private non-profit 501(c)(3), receives 70% of its annual budget from individual donors, private grants, private foundations, corporations, and other community organizations with the remaining 30% coming from government contracts to provide critical family services to thousands in our community each year.

How do I report suspected child abuse?

As a mandated reporter in San Luis Obispo County, if you suspect child abuse or neglect, YOU MUST:

  1. Immediately call Child Welfare Services (CWS) 24-Hour Hotline
    • 805-781-KIDS (5437) or 1-800-834-KIDS
  2. Complete and file a Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) form # SS8572, located at CA Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) Form 8572. The Social Worker you speak with when calling the CWS hotline will inform you where to fax/email the SCAR form.
  3. Retain a legible copy of the SCAR Report
  4. YOU are responsible for making this report. DO NOT ALLOW your supervisor/principal to make the report for you or assume because another co-worker has some of the same information that they will make the report.
  5. Do not attempt to investigate, conduct interviews or interfere with the information you hold.
  6. Remember that you are to report SUSPECTED abuse – you are not required to have witnessed or have complete proof of the incident. You are obligated by law to report what you observe or what you are told that caused suspicion the child is being physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected. When in doubt, call CWS and get their input about the scope of your report.

    Learn more here,

Who is a mandated reporter?

Mandated reporters are persons who, as a result of their profession, are more likely to be aware of abuse or neglect of children, persons with disabilities, or elders. Being a mandated reporter means that by law you must report any suspected abuse of a child, dependent adult or elder immediately to the county Adult Protective Services (APS) or Child Welfare Services (CWS). Learn more here,

How do I become a Mandated Reporter?

A Mandated Reporter training will provide the following:

  • Learn how to report incidents of suspected child abuse
  • Understand what occurs after a report,
  • Gain knowledge about the Child Welfare Services system and resources for families in the community.
  • An increased understanding of trauma and resilience
  • Expanded awareness of SLO County community-based resources
  • Knowledge of family strengthening approaches and practices

For information about the next Mandated Reporter Training or to schedule a presentation or training for your site, please contact us at 805-439-1994 or

How does child abuse impact children, families and communities?

Child maltreatment is a persistent problem within San Luis Obispo County. Although it is a hidden social ill, its impact is significant. Child maltreatment impacts not just the child, but the family, the community, and society at large. In California, as many as one out of every 19 children is suspected of being maltreated. The impact of maltreatment not only morally degrades our society, it significantly hurts our economy. In fact, the physical, mental, and emotional effects of maltreatment persist long after child maltreatment occurs, and result in ongoing costs to every sector of California.

The cumulative financial impact to San Luis Obispo County for the 528 verified survivors of maltreatment in 2019 is $195,000,000. Though these costs are accrued over the course of the victim’s life, the community will continue to occur the same cost each year until we are able to reduce and ultimately end child abuse.

CHILD WELFARE – $36,239,873
Victims may require intervention services, foster care, and counseling services.

EDUCATION – $8,473,715
Maltreated children are 77 percent more likely to require special education.

Maltreated children are 59 percent more likely to be arrested as juveniles, and 28 percent more likely to have an adult criminal record.

HEALTHCARE – $49,776,931
Victims may require hospital care, mental health services, and other medical services during childhood, and have a higher incidence of physical and mental health issues throughout adulthood.

Victims are more likely to be unemployed and rely on public assistance that leads to diminished earning potential.

Accounts for the victims’ lost wages and healthcare costs.


What is child maltreatment?

Why does child abuse occur? Although not all causes of child abuse and neglect are known, a significant body of research has identified several risk factors and protective factors associated with child abuse. Studies also have shown that when there are multiple risk factors present, the risk is greater. For example, lack of preparation or knowledge of child development.  Parents may lack an understanding of their children’s developmental stages and hold unreasonable expectations for their abilities. They also may be unaware of alternatives to corporal punishment or how to appropriately discipline their children at different ages. Parents also may lack knowledge of the health, hygiene, and nutritional needs of their children.

These circumstances, combined with the inherent challenges of raising children, can result in otherwise well-intentioned parents causing their children harm or neglecting their needs. Critical issues surrounding parenting, financial or other environmental stressors (substance abuse) difficulty in relationships, and depression or other mental health problems can all lead to abusive or neglectful behavior. 

Neglect occurs when parents are unable or unwilling to provide for basic needs, such as food, shelter, medical care, educational needs, and emotional needs, of a child. We all have a role to play in building strong communities in which families and children are valued and supported. It is in these kinds of communities that children are safest from abuse and neglect. 

The Center for the Study of Social Policy,, has developed the “Five Protective Factors” which can help individuals better understands the role they can play in child abuse and neglect prevention.

1) Parental Resilience: The ability to cope and bounce back from challenges.
2) Social Connections: Friends, family, neighbors, and others who provide emotional support and assistance.
3) Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Accurate information about raising children and appropriate expectations for their behavior.
4) Concrete Support in Times of Need:  Being able to cover day-to-day expensed and unexpected costs that come from time to time, access to supports such as health services, counseling, and other services
5) Children’s Social and Emotional Development: A child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions effectively. 

How do your programs prevent child abuse and neglect?

Isolation, intense stress, lack of basic needs and lack of healthy, supportive community are some of the primary risk factors that can lead to child maltreatment.

All CFS programs build the Five Protective Factors in families. Though parent education, increasing connection to community resources, providing support during and after times of crisis, and advocating for families with other service providers, we mitigate the risk factors the increase the chance for abuse and neglect.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy,, has developed the “Five Protective Factors” which can help individuals better understands the role they can play in child abuse and neglect prevention.

1) Parental Resilience: The ability to cope and bounce back from challenges.
2) Social Connections: Friends, family, neighbors, and others who provide emotional support and assistance.
3) Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Accurate information about raising children and appropriate expectations for their behavior.
4) Concrete Support in Times of Need:  Being able to cover day-to-day expensed and unexpected costs that come from time to time, access to supports such as health services, counseling, and other services
5) Children’s Social and Emotional Development: A child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions effectively. 

Research shows that when these Protective Factors are present families are better able to cope in tough times, demonstrate efficacy in accessing resources, recover from adversity with greater ease, and have an increased understanding of their children’s needs.

How do I donate to a program?

Your donations can be designated to a particular program or donated as an unrestricted gift. To learn more about how to contribute to a Center for Family Strengthening program call (805) 439-1994. 

How do I contact you for support services, or to refer a family?

Phone: (805) 439-1994
Address: 3480 South Higuera, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo 93401

Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County

We build, foster, and support a network of Promotores throughout San Luis Obispo County by providing training, emotional support, and materials  to empower a healthier community.



COVID-19 Vaccine Education & Outreach Partnership with SLO County Public Health Department
The Promotores Collaborative works with the SLO County Public Health Dept. to provide canvassing, outreach services and event planning to support Public Health’s mobile vaccine clinics in under-served areas in San Luis Obispo County. Learn more in our health outreach video library available in Spanish, Mixteco and English! Local COVID-19 health resources can be found here: SLO County Public Health COVID-19 Information.


All County Promotores Meetings
Our quarterly meetings provide resource updates for providers working with immigrant communities, as well as opportunities to exchange ideas and improve our support to children and families. Community organizations and agency partners are welcome to attend this meeting.

Contact Us! To join or present at our next meeting, or for more information about the Promotores Collaborative and how to utilize the services provided, please contact us at: and



Medically Fragile Homeless (MFH) Program

The Medically Fragile Homeless (MFH) program provides individual housing for persons in San Luis Obispo County who are homeless with a medically-verified need for non-congregate 24/7, temporary housing. Housing may be requested for 3 to 90 days depending upon the need verified by a physician and availability.

All referrals are processed by the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services. The person, or family, must not only be homeless but medically vulnerable. 

The primary goal is physical recovery from surgery, illness, injury or high- risk pregnancy through the stability of housing and services. MFH also provides shelter to persons who have need of housing to allow the person to die in the dignity and stability of housing with the care of hospice.

MFH provides supportive services and coordinated case management to ensure physical recovery, access to income sources, connection to services and a more permanent housing alternative at exit of the program.

The program does not provide medical care for those who are housed but ensures that the person has access to meet their basic needs, including transportation to medical appointments. 

To learn more about the program services contact Program Director, Carrie Collins at (805) 794-0217.

    Adult Protective Services (APS) Referrals:

    1. A referral is made to Adult Protective Services, 805-781-1790 during business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm. Or call the 24-Hour Line, TOLL FREE, 1-844-729-8011.

    2. An APS case manager completes an assessment to determine APS eligibility

    3. If the applicant is eligible, there is a space available, and it’s determined that placement is needed, then a MFH program referral is made. 

    Family Referrals:

    CalWORKs families actively receiving Housing Support Program Services (HSP) may be eligible for a referral once their need has been assessed by their HSP Case Manager and as units become available.  Please contact your case manager directly or for help connecting to your case manager, call 805-781-1600, Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm.


    The person/family must be able to take care of their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) or has secured the required assistance.



    The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of San Luis Obispo County is here to provide treatment and healing for child victims of abuse in our community. CAC streamlined services help reduce trauma to abused children so they can begin the process of healing.

    The CAC brings together professionals from law enforcement, child welfare services, medical, mental health, victim advocacy and other agencies to ensure wellness, safety and justice for all child victims of abuse.

    The fundamental goals of this coordinated child abuse prevention system are to:
    1) Break the cycle of child abuse,
    2) Reduce systemic trauma to child victims,
    3) Improve investigations,
    4) Increase prosecution and convictions, and,
    5) Increase aftercare well-being of children and families.

    If you have questions about CAC-SLO County services please contact: Rocío Hernández, CAC Family Advocate Services Coordinator at (805) 788-8242,

    Parent Connection

    Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County offers parent education and coaching services, designed to make parenting less stressful and more rewarding.

    Call the Helpline at  (805) 543-3700 for resources and community referrals.

    Find a current listing of parent education classes, resources, support groups and workshops at

    Coaching support in English,
    Bill Spencer: (805) 904-1411

    Coaching support in Spanish,
    Lindaflor Larson: (805) 540-1223

    The qualified Parent Coaches help parents and caregivers sort through conflicting advice and minimize information overload, including:

    • Creating age-appropriate strategies, which address the child’s unique challenges.
    • Building parental strengths and drawing on the parent’s inner wisdom.
    • Encouraging self-care practices woven into daily life.
    • Increasing a parent’s self-awareness, confidence, and competence, with realistic progress that leads to sustainable, positive change.

    Through collaboration and networking with agency and community partners we ensure that families in our communities have the support they need to meet their goals, raise healthy children, and stay connected to resources. For over a decade we’ve helped 5,000+ parents and caregivers reduce stress and gain confidence.

    Each year, we teach over 4,500 children protective and safety skills, including the difference between safe and unsafe touching.

    Kids Toolbox

    Our parent education approach includes empowering parents to protect their children from predators and abuse. Kidz Toolbox for Personal Safety is a curriculum that includes lessons for Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and Special Needs students and their parents. Our qualified Educators teach assertiveness skills and model how to ask for help if they have a problem. Studies show that these are key skills lacking in children at risk for abuse.

    The lessons vary according to the grade level, and the skills targeted for practice are developmentally appropriate. At all grade levels, children have opportunities for skill practice and transfer of learning. To learn more call and schedule lessons for your site call (805) 543-3700.

      The Link Family Resource Center

      Our Mission

      We foster a safe, healthy, and thriving community by linking children, youth, and families with programs and services to address their unique needs.

      Our Vision

      We envision a thriving community where children, youth, and families have the power and resources to live healthy, safe, and productive lives.

      Our Values

      The Link values strengths-based, empowerment-focused, community-driven collaboration, developed through mutual respect, compassion, and integrity.



      Link Family Advocates provide services to families that include:

      • Support accessing food, housing, clothing, health care, and parent education
      • Assistance navigating the social services system for mental health services, disability benefits, drug and alcohol recovery, adoption and guardianship support and family reunification
      • Advocacy for students and their families by coordinating with teachers, school counselors, and principals to support academic success
      • Linkages to community partners for domestic violence services, homeless services, transportation, employment resources and much more.
      • Coordination of S.A.F.E. Team Meetings to support children and families when they’re most vulnerable. These meetings are a collaboration with the family, school staff, agency partners, a family advocate and community organizations to help families overcome barriers and access services.

      Where is The Link Family Resource Center located?

      Please visit us at one of our two North County Family Resource Centers.
      Atascadero Family Resource Center
      4507 Del Rio Ave. Building #1 Atascadero, CA 93422
      Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
      Paso Robles Family Resource Center
      1802 Chestnut Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
      Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

      You can reach the Family Advocate Services Director, Carrie Collins, at 805-794-0217

        Dental Care for Kids

        The SLO County Public Health Department-Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) established a partnership with Center for Family Strengthening to improve access to urgent dental treatment for uninsured children who cannot qualify for Medi-Cal, and have received a referral concerning dental disease from a CHDP well child exam. To learn more call (805) 439-1994.

        Grant funds and community donations support reimbursement of participating dentists for an initial exam, x-rays and approved treatment plan. Some examples are extractions, fillings, crowns and nitrous oxide gas.

        • CHDP refers children to dentists, approves funding for treatment plan, and care coordinates the patient.
        • Center for Family Strengthening serves as the non-profit 501 (c) 3 so we may receive community donations to help children with acute dental needs.
        • CFS provides fiscal management services and disperse payments to the dental providers in a timely manner. In addition CFS tracks the number of children served and prepares reports on the outcomes of this vital community resource.

        Our Staff and Board of Directors

        Lisa Fraser

        Executive Director
        Center for Family Strengthening

        Contact: Office (805) 439-1994

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        Since 2001 Lisa Fraser has dedicated herself to creating and growing numerous community-based programs, each designed to strengthen families and stop the cycle of child abuse. Through her vision and commitment she is a well-known leader in SLO County’s human service field.

        Lisa’s steadfast leadership legacy continues to have a tremendous impact on our SLO County community, and her advocacy for strong families is recognized on a regional and state level. Her vision has guided the development of essential prevention programs such as the Child Advocacy Center, Parent Connection, and the Promotores Collaborative.  In addition, Lisa played an integral role in the establishment of Martha’s Place, an assessment center for at-risk children and volunteers as Board President for Pregnancy and Parenting Support.

        Lisa earned a B.S. Degree and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has also earned many professional certifications including California Standards for Family Strengthening and Support certification, California Mandated Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse certification, Non-Profit Development Officer Program certification, and a certificate in Facilitative Leadership-Interaction Institute for Social Change. She is also an active member of the California Family Resource Center Association(CFRA) and the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC) leadership cohort.

        Lisa mentors young professionals and provides opportunities for capacity building in the next generation of nonprofit leaders and innovators. She continues to build relationships within SLO County and across CA to link, lift and leverage initiatives focused on child and family wellbeing. Lisa believes in the “community spirit” of the Central Coast where she and Larry, her husband were fortunate to raise their two children, now adults Brooke, and Dylan

        Gwendolyn Garcia

        Program Director
        Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County

        Contact: Office (805) 543-3700

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        Gwen graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology and also holds Associate Degrees in Early Child Development and Behavioral Sciences. Impressively, while completing her studies at Cal Poly, she received training through Active Parenting and Positive Discipline parent education curriculum. She was a preschool teacher with Early Head Start at Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, where she worked with children ages infants to three years old. Previously, Gwen was a co-Teacher working with pre-schoolers at the County Office of Education in Paso Robles and Shandon. Gwendolyn has lived in San Luis Obispo county for the majority of her life and loves the fact that she and her husband are raising their children here. She is a mother, step-mother, and foster parent to a variety of ages from 6 to 18. She loves to help parents recognize their strengths and build on what is good and working in the parent-child relationship.

        Carrie Collins

        Program Director
        Link Family Advocate Service Director

        Program Director
        Medically Fragile Homeless Program

        Contact: (805) 794-0217

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        Carrie Collins serves as the Family Advocate Services Director for the Link Family Resource Center and the Director of the Medically Fragile Homeless Program. Previously, Carrie was a Training and Consulting Specialist with Strategies 2.0 at Children’s Bureau. She provided training and consultation throughout the state to assist organizations and individuals in their work with family strengthening and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Carrie received her Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University, and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Her background includes over 20 years in the Head Start and Migrant Head Start program in Parent Involvement and Leadership, and Staff Career Development and Training. She served two years in AmeriCorps providing pesticide safety training to farm workers throughout the state of Utah. Carrie and her husband share the joy of being parents to 4 grown children, and grandparents to 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters!

        Karolyn Kinsey

        Executive Director
        Chief Financial Officer

        Contact: Office (805) 466-5404

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        Rocío Hernández

        Program Director
        Child Advocacy Center SLO

        Contact: (805) 788-8242

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        Rocio brings a wealth of experience to her role as the Family Advocate Services Director for the Child Advocacy Center of SLO County (CAC-SLO) program. She graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 17 years. Rocio has also generously donated her time to the community through various volunteer positions. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, an AmeriCorps member, a probation intern and a Food Bank Volunteer. She is trained as a crisis support counselor and before joining the CFS team was a Family Advocate at the Link Family Resource Center.

        Rocio brings compassion and calm to her work with child abuse victims and their non offending caregivers. She coordinates a multi-disciplinary team of agency partners committed to improving services for children healing from abuse. Rocio participates in statewide and national training on CAC best practices and constantly advocates for clients’ well being. During time off, Rocio enjoys hiking with her husband, 3 children and her dog Toby.

        Fernanda Lucas

        Program Director
        Promotores Collaborative SLO

        Contact: (805) 462-7135

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        Fernanda Lucas serves as Director of the Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Fernanda brings over a decade of personal engagement with the Latinx community.  Her skill set is diverse, including certification and training in community leadership, effective outreach, mental health first aid, and financial management.  Her greatest strength is in interpretation and in navigating challenging dialogues, “interpretation delivers the intent ands meaning while translation is just the words”.  Leading with her passion for making sure the Latinx community has the resources it needs to thrive, especially when support is offered in their own language.

        Board of Directors

        Our Directors support Center for Family Strengthening’s program excellence and fiscal integrity and guide our vision for a community where children and families thrive.
        Current Board List:

        Treasurer: Mary Bianchi, Retired UC Extension Director, Friends of Martha’s Place, Behavioral Health Commissioner

        Secretary: Cherie Fields, Retired Supervisor Nurse Family Partnership SLO County Public Health Dept.

        Board Member: Natalie Beller, VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic San Luis Obispo

        Board Member: Holly Warwick, Educational Consultant San Luis Coastal USD

        For more information please call:
        (805) 439-1994.

        Friends of Martha’s Place

        Mary Bianchi, Center for Family Strengthening Board Officer

        A special message from Mary Bianchi, Center for Family Strengthening Board Officer

        Martha’s Place was named in honor of my niece, Martha Johnston, whose tragically short life exemplifies the damage alcohol and drugs can have on the very young. My family was inspired to take action so other young children could have a better chance to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect. Martha’s Place helps our family deal with the pain and grief of losing our Martha.

        My mom, Shirley Bianchi, is a founding member of Martha’s Place. I am honored to follow in her footsteps and serve on the Center for Family Strengthening Board of Directors the nonprofit organization administering Friends of Martha’s Place.

        I serve because I am devoted to improving resources dedicated to serve children birth to five years of age suffering with severe developmental delays and behavioral challenges due to prenatal substance exposure and/or early childhood trauma. For these children and their families, particularly those with financial challenges, Martha’s Place is the portal to mental health services they need in San Luis Obispo County. Please join me in providing young children affected by trauma a chance to grow, learn, and thrive. Please contribute to the Friends of Martha’s Place Fund. Contact Center for Family Strengthening at 805.439.1994 or for more information. All contributions are tax deductible.

        Contact the Martha’s Place Assessment and Treatment Team at 805-781-4948

        Program Supervisor:

        Tony Huffaker, LMFT

        Mental Health Therapists:

        Jill Anderson, LMFT

        Julia Johnson, AMFT

        Chris Perez, AMFT

        Gretchen Grant, LMFT

        Public Health Nurses:

        Laura Ottrando, RN, PHN

        Betty Wighton, RN


        Nisha Abdul Cader, MD, F.A.A.P.

        Christy Mulkerin, MD

        Mary Nave, MD, FACP

        Health Information Technician:

        Will Cronan

        Front Desk/Administrative Assistant:

        Daniel Rodriguez

        Family Advocate:

        Adilene Anaya Velazquez

        Public Health Administrative Assistant:

        Michelle Lyon

        Central Coast Breast Feeding Coalition

        The Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition aims to create a healthier community through the promotion of breastfeeding and continued development of community resources and support for nursing families. The Coalition provides support for nursing families including maternity classes, telephone support, lactation consultants, support groups, breast pumps and WIC.

        The Importance of Breast Milk
        Breast milk is not only nourishment but is also medicine for infants. It contains antibodies, disease-fighting stem cells, anti-virus, anti-allergy, anti-parasitic, and anti-cancer properties that provide both short and long-term protection. Breast milk contains growth factors, enzymes, hormones, probiotics and other nutrients that help infants to grow and to develop optimally. Breastfeeding provides benefits to the mother with increased bonding with baby, better healing post-delivery, less incidence of postpartum depression, and decreased likelihood of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

        Learn more and get involved at

        North County Neighbor Aid


        ​North County NeighborAid is a community project managed by Center for Family Strengthening, a nonprofit organization.

        Under the pressure of crises, vulnerable families need help with unexpected obstacles. North County NeighborAid takes requests for goods and cash assistance from human service organizations and helping professionals such as social workers, teachers, and clergy who then deliver these gifts to their clients, students, and community members. We do not judge anyone; we trust the professionals serving those in need.