Keys to Stronger Families


These times are tough, and families are facing many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents are struggling with jobs, childcare, loss of loved ones, and concerns about the health and well-being of their families. Children and teens have also seen big changes, at school and at home, and are struggling to cope.

But there are ways to keep families healthy.

Learning the "keys to stronger families" can help your family thrive. 



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

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

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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.

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

  • Interface
    Support and resources, including youth shelter and housing referrals – Countywide
    (805) 485-6114

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


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.

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

  • Logrando Bienestar
    Mental health screenings – Countywide
    (805) 973-5220

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