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Strengthening Families Program

New class starting!
Strengthening Families Program

January 25 – March 8, 2022
Tuesdays • 6-8pm

Registration Link


Program contact: Kate Foster –

Photos of program participants

Hash Tag - SFP 10-14 Stronger Together

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Over seven weeks, families learn communication skills, stress management tools, and ways to connect. Families will meet once a week for 2 hours to connect and learn together. Meetings will be conducted over Zoom with trained facilitators. A phone or computer with a camera is required, however prior experience with Zoom is not. You will receive an email with further information after you complete registration.

Over 7 weeks, youth and caregivers learn…
Youth Sessions Caregiver Sessions
– Having Goals and Dreams
– Appreciating Parents
– Dealing with Stress
– Following Rules
– Dealing with Peer Pressure
– Peer Pressure and Good Friends
– Reaching out to Others
– Practicing Love and Limits
– Making House Rules
– Encouraging Good Behavior
– Using Consequences
– Building Bridges
– Protecting against Substance Use
– Accessing Community Resources


Family Activities
These include: Supporting goals and dreams, appreciating family members, understanding family values, using family meetings, building family communication, and reaching goals.


Program contact: Kate Foster –


Please note: This program is intended for any family seeking to guide youth and teach children the skills to avoid peer pressure and deal with stress. It is not a remedial program.


List of Resources 


Strengthening Families Program Brochure

Strengthening Families Program Brochure:

English Version (pdf)Spanish Version (pdf)

The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 Years (SFP) is a nationally recognized curriculum that provides parent, youth and family education. The model is designed to be delivered in local communities for groups of 7-12 families. Educational programs that bring parents and their children together in learning environments strengthen entire families.

• 7-week program
• Once a week; typically 5:30 pm – 8 pm
• Dinner is provided for the family
• Pre-registration is required.
• Get notified of new programs starting

Whatcom County families have been participating in the program since 2002. Current programs are being offered in both English and Spanish.

For detailed information on the program, please go to our statewide SFP website:

SFP State website thumbnail

Strengthening Families Program

for caregivers and youth aged 10-14

SFP Podcast (English & Spanish)

Find us on Facebook


“A Parent’s Perspective”

(Running time 3:34)


“Group Leaders”

(Running time 25:54)


“Parents, Group Leaders and more”

(Running time 5:10)

The following videos were recorded in Spanish, captioned in English.

“Parent Participants”

(Running time 5:02) (Recorded in Spanish, captioned in English)


“Ana, a Parent Participant”

(Running time 4:18) (Recorded in Spanish, captioned in English)


“Ignacio, a Parent Participant”

(Running time 2:31) (Recorded in Spanish, captioned in English)