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Family Support Services


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Programs provide:

  • Parenting Education
  • Strengthening Families
  • Supporting Father Involvement
  • Advocate for the Needs of Children & Families
  • Provide Resources and Referrals

Family Preservation & Parent Education Services
CAPSLO is a community response partner with the Department of Social Services (DSS)/Child Welfare Services, Foster Support Services, Probation Department, and Behavioral Health/Mental Health Youth Services. Countywide prevention services include in-home parent education and direct services. Services are focused on families at-risk of child abuse and neglect with the goal of keeping children safe, healthy, and at home. Referrals are provided from CWS social workers or DSS-ERS. Behavioral Health/Mental Health Youth Services do not include direct services support, only parent education, and referrals primarily stem from SAFE family advocates or County Mental Health therapists. For more info: (805) 544-4355 ext 219

PAPÁS (Supporting Father Involvement)
The program is focused on encouraging and enhancing the father-child relationship and increasing the quality of the father’s relationship with the mother. These services are provided through weekly parent communication groups led by two LMFT, case management support services, and employment support services. For more info: (805) 544-4355 ext. 120

Services Affirming Family Empowerment – S.A.F.E. -South County
A community based, school-linked program designed to bring services to children and families. S.A.F.E. Family Advocates provide prevention and intervention assistance. S.A.F.E. can also facilitate meetings with the family and service providers in order to develop a plan of action to help find solutions to problems the family may be facing. The bilingual Advocates are housed in Family Resource Centers (FRC) in Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, and Oceano. For more info: (805) 474-2032

S.A.F.E. - San Luis Obispo
The bilingual Family Advocate is housed within the SLO FRC on the San Luis Coastal Unified School District campus. Services are intended to meet students and families with needs beyond traditional school support. Families are referred by school counselors, teachers, and administrators, or families can self-refer. The CAPSLO Advocate is able to link families to support services, resources, and partner agencies via S.A.F.E. meetings to help stabilize the family and improve school attendance. There is an FRC in SLO and Los Osos, each center offers: office hours for walk-in appointments, counseling, parent education and support, case management, inter-agency coordination of services, computers, and online access. For more info: (805) 458-5499

Homeless Services Case Management (SLO and South County)
This program is available to homeless individuals and those at immediate risk of becoming homeless. Case Management services is designed to assist individuals to increase skills to live independently, access available resources, and support clients through the process of becoming self-sufficient. The ultimate purpose of Case Management is to empower clientele to address barriers to accomplishing goals, which lead to maintaining safe, affordable housing. Programs include the HUD Continuum of Care services, 50NOW, and AB 109 Prisoner Re-Entry Case Manager. For more info: (805) 541-6351

Victim Services Resource Project
This project is a collaboration between four SLO County agencies (CAPSLO, United Way, Office of Education, and the District Attorney’s office) working to create a more accessible pathway for victims to receive services. CAPSLO’s Victim Resource Specialists will update the United Way’s local 2-1-1 resource database; present to community groups and county programs regarding the project; assist providers in connecting victims with available resources; and assisting victims directly with resources. For more info: (805) 540-9730

Martha's Place Family Advocate
The Family Advocate will be located at the Martha’s Place Children’s Center in SLO and will work one-on-one with families referred to the program. The advocate’s goal is to reduce the families’/caregivers’ stress that often accompanies navigating young children through the health care system. The Advocate will assist families through the process of accessing services, including educating them and linking them to other recommended services. Also, conducts outreach and provides education to the community to increase awareness regarding Martha’s Place. For more info: (805) 549-7681