Families Together

Families Together is an innovative counseling program providing home-based services to families living throughout Santa Cruz County. The primary objectives are to improve safety, child development, and family relationships. Learn more about protecting children here: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/guide2012/guide.pdf#page=14

Families Together home visitors provide individualized services to at-risk families referred by Family & Children's Services or CalWORKS:

Differential Response Pathway: Families referred by Santa Cruz County Family & Children’s Services are assigned a home visitor who specializes in trauma and family systems. Participation is voluntary, lasts 6-12 months, and services are available in English or Spanish. Families collaborate in the formation of goals and are presented with opportunities to learn about parenting, child development, and parent-child attachment. In addition to counseling, home visitors connect families with other community resources such as substance abuse counseling, domestic violence services, and early education support.

Families Together is a Differential Response collaborative. For more information about Differential Response, please see the California Department of Social Services website at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/Child-Welfare-Protection/Differential-Response.

Thrive By Three Pathway: The Thrive by Three pathway is designed to help families with young children (ages birth to three) connect with one or more supportive home visiting programs in Santa Cruz County: Families Together, Early Head Start, Nurse Family Partnership, and Santa Cruz County Field Nursing. Families referred by CalWORKS Welfare-To-Work are first screened for the appropriate home visiting program(s). Once connected to one or more of these voluntary programs, the family is assigned a home visiting professional who specializes in families with very young children.

For more information about Santa Cruz County’s Thrive By Three initiative, please visit this website: http://www.fundingthenextgeneration.org/nextgenwp/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Thrive-by-Three-Investing-in-Santa-Cruz-Countys-Youngest-Children-v6-002.pdf


9057 Soquel Drive C, Suite A
Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: (831) 662-1303
Email: bree.bode@encompasscs.org

225 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA  95076

380 Encinal St, #200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060