See below, then call us at (714) 953-4455, ext. 661 to learn more.

The Strong Families, Strong Children (SFSC) program, made up of five nonprofit partners, brings together a coordinated, community-based approach to serve Orange County veteran and military-connected families. It is an innovative collaboration of agencies specializing in mental health (Child Guidance Center), domestic violence (Human Options), housing support and basic needs (Families Forward), veteran legal services (Veterans Legal Institute), and program evaluation (Children and Family Futures). SFSC is staffed with Clinical Case Managers and Peer Navigators, each with lived-military experience, who strive to help each family access specialty services that meet their unique needs. The mission of SFSC is to improve the health and well-being of veterans, military families, and children throughout Orange County by engaging the community, building resiliency, and creating safer, more stable home environments. SFSC is able to provide all services free of charge thanks to generous funding from private donors, the Orange County Health Care Agency, and the Orange County Community Foundation.

OC Health Care Agency   Orange County Community Foundation OCCF

Child Guidance Center

Peer Navigators are responsible for providing clients with referrals and linkages, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment Services
  • Health Care/ Behavioral Health
  • Housing Services
  • Legal Services
  • Financial Literacy Resources
  • Family Support
  • Bi-cultural and Bi-lingual English and Spanish Services

The use of “warm hand-offs” between the client and the referred agencies will ensure a successful linkage between the client and the service provider.

Clinical Case Managers support families through:

  • Collateral Case Management
  • Short Term Individual and Family Counseling
  • Strength-Based Approach and Interventions
  • Tele-assessments and Telehealth Clinical Services
  • Bi-cultural and Bi-lingual English and Spanish Services
  • Evidence Based Modalities:
    • PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy)
    • TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
    • UCLA’s FOCUS Resiliency Program made especially for the Military Community
    • Motivational Interviewing

Human Options

  • 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Counseling/Supportive Services
  • Safe Options for Seniors
  • Prevention and Education
  • Legal Advocacy Services

Families Forward

  • Homeless Families
  • Low-income Families
  • Achieve and Maintain Self-Sufficiency
  • On-Site Food Pantry
  • Counseling
  • Career Coaching
  • Tenant Education/Workshop
  • Low-income or Affordable units
  • HUD-VASH voucher

Veterans Legal Institute

  • Veteran & Government Benefits
  • Estate Planning
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • Limited Family Law
  • Administrative Benefits/Appeals
  • Name Change
  • Student Loan & GI Bill issues
  • Bankruptcy & Consumer Law
  • Employment Issues
  • Landlord-Tenant Issues
  • Expungements
  • Other Civil Legal Issues

Children and Family Futures

  • Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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