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Connecting. Conversing. Transforming.


Mission Statement

BE STRONG FAMILIES partners to develop transformative conversations that nurture the spirit of family, promote well-being, and prevent violence.


Our story began in 2012 when a small group of us decided to form a national organization of parents who wanted to strengthen families and communities from the inside out. Now we are a network of change agents growing stronger by forming dialogues that promote vitality, healing, justice, and peace.      


Our Services

Be Strong Families offers workshops, trainings and technical assistance for people, systems, and organizations that are trying to promote healing and prevent violence in families. Our work is strengths-based, family-centered, and trauma-informed. We use empowered engagement in everything we do so that participants can surface solutions from their own wisdom, build from their own experiences, and become leaders in their own communities.

Be Strong Families has a strong track record in working with child welfare systems, early-childhood and education programs, and violence-prevention initiatives. We are always looking for new partners to create emotionally and physically safe spaces for transformative conversations.

Take a look at what we do and let us know how we can join forces so that families thrive.


Our Projects

We invest our time and energy into powerful conversations that have the capacity to change the world. Here are a few examples of our projects and partnerships.


Parent Cafés

The Parent Café program is a nationally recognized peer-to-peer learning process to keep children safe and families strong. Parents and caregivers create safe spaces to explore their strengths and learn from themselves and each other how to use the Strengthening Families Protective Factors™ with their loved ones. With thousands of Cafés happening all across the country each year, we are constantly working with our partners to engage parents in strengthening their families from the inside out.   

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Journey To Vitality

Journey to Vitality (JTV) is a wellness program that goes beyond fitness and nutrition by using empowered engagement, peer-to-peer support, and six holistic Vitality Domains. Through JTV, participants create and achieve attainable wellness goals while supporting others. One part of this initiative engages companies who want to use transformative conversations to prioritize wellness within their work families.      

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Child Welfare Systems Improvement

Be Strong Families specializes in promoting better relationships between child welfare systems and the families and communities they serve. We assist child welfare agencies with achieving their goals, including: preventing child abuse and neglect, reuniting families more quickly, making foster care work better for kids, and soliciting and honoring feedback from child welfare-involved youth and parents.

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Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Groups

Be Strong Families Regional Parent Engagement Advisory Groups (RPEA) are groups of parents who have been trained in Parent Cafés and are committed to building Protective Factors. They are architects of change in the lives of children and families, modeling the Be Strong Families vision of parent leadership. 

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