Services & Programs


PCAC uses the Strengthening Families approach by building Five Protective Factors in families:

  • Nurturing & Attachment
    Developing a bond of strong, warm feelings with my child
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
    Understanding how children grow and develop and applying effective, nonviolent discipline techniques appropriate to my child’s age and level of development.  
  • Parental Resilience
    Gaining an awareness of my own challenges in parenting and learning ways to handle everyday stressors and recover from an occasional crisis.
  • Social Connections
    Feeling encouraged and supported in facing the daily challenges of raising a family.
  • Concrete Supports
    Learning about community resources such as child care, health care, education, counseling, housing, or food that help me ensure the health and well-being of my child. Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs there is, but raising healthy, well-functioning children is one of the greatest contributions a parent can make to society. Parenting is a learned process which results from a combination of having a positive role model for parenting, strong support in the learning process, and access to accurate, helpful information.

Safely Surrendered Baby Program

A safe place for your newborn baby.


safe_surrender_site_logo       No one ever has to abandon a baby again. There is an option. 

Safely Surrendered Baby Website
California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows an individual to give up an infant, within 3 days of birth, to a worker at any hospital or designated fire station. The law provides a safe place for the newborn when a parent feels he or she cannot handle the responsibility.

Amador-Calaveras Perinatal Wellness Coalition


Perinatal Wellness Coalition Link

Visit the website by clicking the photo above.

Family Strengthening Training

Strategies 2.0 Logo & Link


Strategies 2.0 offers free training, consultation (previously known as technical assistance), peer learning, and other professional development opportunities both in-person and online. Our services are designed to help organizations and individuals develop the skills, organizational structure, and collaborative relationships necessary to mitigate the risk factors of child abuse and neglect.

Strategies 2.0 applies innovative approaches to promote training and professional development for the family strengthening field. Trainings are designed to:

  • Reflect current research-based practices within the field
  • Incorporate advances in learning methodology, including shared learning, group participation, reflection, and interactive dialogue
  • Provide strength-based approaches to child abuse and neglect
  • Prepare participants to take action
  • Be accessible to the greatest number of participants

Visit or click the logo above for more information.