Child Guidance Center in Orange County, California


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

Are you a military or veteran family going through a difficult time? Are you and your children affected by the stress of deployments or the effects of frequent Permanent Change of Station (“PCSing”)? Are you the spouse of a military member or veteran who is looking for support and resources for you and your family?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions and you’re going through a difficult time, Strong Families, Strong Children is here to help you. We believe that military and veteran families deserve the best care and support Orange County can provide. Call (714) 953-4455, ext. 661 for a consultation today!

Our Mission

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.

Who we serve

We provide free support for all of Orange County’s military- and veteran-connected families with children, regardless of length of service, type of discharge, rate of disability, financial need or marital status. We also provide services to extended family members who are providing guardianship over the children of veterans, active duty and reservists.

Where to find us

Strong Families, Strong Children is headquartered at 525 Cabrillo Park Dr., Suite 300, Santa Ana, CA 92701. You can find our program all over Orange County, including at most Family Resource Centers.

Our Funders

SFSC is able to provide our services free of charge thanks to generous funding from private donors, the Orange County Health Care Agency, and the Orange County Community Foundation.


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Peer Navigation Services

Central to SFSC's service delivery model are Peer Navigators, who are veterans or family members of veterans (i.e., spouses, adult children) with lived military experience. With an inherent understanding of military culture as a basis for mutual respect, Peer Navigators function as trusted case workers responsible for advocacy, outreach, primary client communication, education, and linkages that support veterans in their successful transitioning to the civilian community as well as healthy functioning in their families. Through personal knowledge of veteran/military family dynamics and their wide familiarity with community resources, Peer Navigators are well-positioned to maximize rehabilitation and recovery of these families.

Counseling Services

At times, families are worried about their children and want a professional who understands the unique issues military-connected families face to help them determine if it is a problem that will “go away with time” or if it is serious enough that therapy is needed.

Our military-connected peer counselors are professionals who provide:

  • Confidential, short-term individual and family therapy at no cost
  • Assistance in managing the impact of traumatic events and experiences
  • Support with helping families collaborate in creating a strength-based family plan for assistance and behavioral health services
  • Guidance by working with families, using a collaborative and team approach to case management

We can help you:

  • Improve your parent-child relationship
  • Develop effective parenting and problem-solving skills
  • Manage stress more effectively
  • Learn more about how to strengthen your marriage

Specialty Services

Military and veteran families face many unique challenges. They may struggle with the challenges of deployment or returning home, transitions, parenting and maintaining personal relationships. We understand these challenges because our team members either have military service background personally or through a family member.

Explore our programs, which are designed to help military and veteran families manage stress, improve parent-child relationships, and develop effective parenting and problem-solving skills:

Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) provides resilience training to military children and families. FOCUS teaches families practical skills to overcome common challenges related to a parent's military service, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced-based, behavior-centered, family-oriented therapy designed to help improve the parent-child relationship through interaction. PCIT can help parents develop effective parenting techniques and decrease behavior issues in children, and may also lead to a stronger family relationship.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences or trauma.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and youth ages 3-21 years of age who have behavioral and emotional difficulties related to traumatic life events, including loss and grief.

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based counseling therapy to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse.

Groups for Parents/Partners/Spouses provides safe and supportive space for parents, spouses or significant others to share about all aspects of military life and connect with others. This group is also designed to empower parents to develop and reinforce essential parenting skills through participation in exercises, role-playing activities, psychoeducation and group discussions. 

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