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.

Learning Community

Strategies 2.0 Regional Learning Community

CFS Executive Director, Lisa Fraser, is the designated Strategies 2.0 Learning Community Facilitator for the Southern California (SoCal) region.

Strategies 2.0 is a collaborative partnership that supports the professionalization of California’s family strengthening field. Learn more at

Throughout the year the learning community convenes to build the capacity of the regional participants to lead the development of strong, healthy, connected communities in order to support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

A learning community is
an innovative approach
to peer learning
for the family strengthening field. 

The learning community is designed to connect members and allies of the child abuse prevention field, and facilitate a more collaborative and consistent prevention dialogue throughout the state.

The 9 counties in the SoCal region include:
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial. Collectively the SoCal region serves over 5 million children and their families. 
As an experienced leader in the field of strengthening families CFS brings together a cohesive, diverse learning community of highly valued constituents, strengthened by cross sector engagement, to create impactful local and regional strategies for the family-strengthening field.
Community stakeholders, constituents, partners and leaders can participate in the learning community through:
  • Interactive convenings across the region
  • Trainings
  • Webinars
  • Consultation services

Learn more about services and enroll for convenings, trainings and webinars HERE!

2018-19 regional convening topics:

Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs

The Strategies 2.0 SoCal Learning Community developed a series for the 2018-2019 year, titled Achieving Impact through Evaluation and Data for Family Strengthening Programs. Through four sessions stakeholders in the family strengthening field gathered to learn how to utilize data to improve family strengthening initiatives and increase community engagement.

September 14, 2018. Know Your Audience: Foundations, Contractors and Board of Directors
Topic Specialist: Todd Sonsa, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer for Children’s Institute. Dr. Sosna brings extensive knowledge and experience as an executive with nonprofit organizations and as a management consultant for public and private behavioral health, social service, and corrections agencies. His prior positions have included Sr. VP of Operations for Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, Sr. VP Program Evaluation and Improvement for CII, Deputy Director for the California Institute for Mental Health, and Assistant Director for Santa Barbara County Mental Health. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington State University in 1991, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Resources & Materials

November 30, 2018. Know Your Audience: Local Civic Leaders/Policy Makers and Community Partners
Topic Specialist: Cheryl Wold. Cheryl is the principal consultant and owner of Wold and Associates, an independent consulting firm. The firm was founded to advance innovative, collaborative strategies for improving health and well-being. Her portfolio includes strategic research, evaluation, planning, and other services for non-profits, public sector organizations, and private foundations. Current projects include, outreach and strategic support to the Portrait of LA County project; consultation to First 5 LA to support the Countywide Prevention Plan; and, evaluation services to Maternal Mental Health NOW and to the California HealthCare Foundation.
Resources & Materials

March 8, 2019. Know Your Audience: Staff and Volunteers
Topic Specialist: Amina Jones Fields. Amina is responsible for leading Children’s Institute’s Research and Evaluation Center (REC) in the preparation of service delivery and outcome data, management of research projects, and program innovation. She supervises the REC research associates/assistants and provides monthly, quarterly and annual reports to guide senior staff in data-informed programmatic planning. Amina received her BA from Duke University in 1998. Amina has extensive background as an education researcher, analyst, and consultant. She previously worked as Director of Education for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and as Research Partner at WestEd’s Center for Educational Equity.
Resources & Materials

May 17, 2019. Know Your Audience: Program Participants, Clients and Community Members
Topic Specialist: Lori Clarke. As Chief Program Officer for the Social Policy Institute at San Diego State University, Lori oversees statewide and local initiatives focused on child, family, and community wellness. She leads the Continuous Quality Improvement effort for Strategies 2.0, and is also a principal consultant for Age-Friendly Communities. She was the lead facilitator for the California Child Welfare Council’s Prevention and Early Intervention Citizen Review Panel from 2009 – 2017. After serving as the lead facilitator for California’s Child Welfare Services Redesign that brought Differential Response to California, Lori helped design the California Evidence-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare and continues to provide training, consultation, and facilitation statewide and nationally on a wide range of health and human services issues.
Resources & Materials

2017-18 regional convening topics:

September 26, 2017. Engaging Uncommon Partners Towards a Common Purpose: how multi-disciplinary collaboration can champion child and family wellbeing.
Topic Specialist: Anne Light M.D., Medical Director for Orange County Social Services Agency and founding partner of the WE CAN Coalition, a county-wide collaboration to collectively address the intersecting needs of children, families and communities touched by abuse. WE CAN Overview. WE CAN Summary.

December 7, 2017. Building Community Engagement into Your Family Strengthening Collaboration. 
Topic Specialists: Community engagement specialists from Safe Long Beach – a Citywide violence prevention plan adopted by Long Beach City Council which addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. Safe Long Beach Report Card.

May 23, 2018. Engaging Emerging Leaders in Your Family Strengthening Collaboration. Family Strengthening Organizations and Collaboratives need strong, skilled, confident leaders to sustain and grow the field.
Topic Specialist: etsuko kubo. etsuko is the Program Director for On the Verge, the flagship program of On The Move and brings over 18 years of education and nonprofit experience to the organization. On The Verge supports emerging leaders in building knowledge, clarity and strength at the personal, interpersonal and professional levels. etsuko is currently the primary coach for numerous On The Verge cohorts of leaders from the fields of education, youth empowerment and development, social services, family strengthening, and neighborhood development.

June 21, 2018. A Collaborative Model for Success: Magnolia Community Initiative
Topic Specialist: The SoCal Learning Community is pleased to showcase the Magnolia Community Initiative (MCI). This impressive, high functioning collaborative covers a 5-square mile/500 blockcatchment area that includes 35,000 youth and children in Los Angeles. With over 70 partners of residents, public and private organizations, MCI is transforming an entire community, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for an entire community of vulnerable, low income children.

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