Keys to Stronger Families


Research shows that there are five areas that are key to keeping families well:


Friends, family, neighbors, and community
Social connections provide emotional support, advice, and help to parents. Families may need help reaching out to build positive relationships and a strong network of support.


Coping with stress and challenges
Resilience is the power to cope with and bounce back from problems. Being a parent involves dealing with stress, but a parent's resilience affects how easily they can deal with that stress.


Learning about parenting and child development
A parent should know or be able to learn about child development so that they know what to expect from them at different ages. This helps parents see their children in a positive light and helps them develop in a healthy way.


Food, shelter, health care, and crisis support
Meeting basic needs is essential for families to thrive. And support is needed when the family goes through a crisis, such as domestic violence, mental illness, or substance abuse. Crisis support can give stability, treament, and help for family members to get through the crisis.


Social and emotional skills
The social and emotional skills of children as well as being able to speak and act in a positive way with others is key to a healthy family. Children should learn how and when to change their behavior, and how to share their feelings to peers, parents, and other adults.



See which areas your family is strong in and which to work on.


Local Resources

Ventura County Behavioral Health
Mental health & substance use treatment services
Countywide – All Ages
Call Toll-free • Confidential • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Crisis and Referral Line
  • Early Detection & Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis 

211 Ventura County
Free service connecting people to health and human services in the community
Countywide – All Ages
Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211

Clinicas del Camino Real
Healthcare, including mental health services
Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura – All Ages
(866) 885-7900

Support and resources, including youth shelter and housing referrals
Countywide – Children & Youth
805) 485-6114

Kids & Families Together 
For children and their families, including kinship and foster caregivers
Countywide – Children & Youth
(805) 643-1446

Logrando Bienestar
Mental health screenings 
Santa Paula, Oxnard – All Ages
805) 973-5220

Project Esperanza
Family classes & activities
Santa Paula & Fillmore – Youth
(805) 276-7671

United Parents
Local support and referrals for parents
Countywide – Youth
(805) 384-1555

Ventura County SELPA
Helping your child succeed at school
(805) 437-1560