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Update: Starting October 5, Family Services will resume some in-person services.  Read more.



If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at Family Services, you’ve come to the right place.

Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

Starting on Monday, October 5, Family Services will begin gradually resuming in-person services and opening each of its sites to the public for regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A partir del lunes 5 de octubre, Family Services comenzará a reanudar gradualmente los servicios en persona y a abrir cada una de sus oficinas al público durante el horario habitual de lunes a viernes de 8am a 5pm.

Over the past 30 years, research has established a clear link between domestic violence, child abuse, and animal abuse. For victims of domestic violence, finding a safe place for their pet can often mean the difference between staying in an abusive environment or seeking safety at a domestic violence shelter like Karen's House. Family Services is partnering with the Valley Oak SPCA to change that. With temporary shelter and vet care available for their pet, these victims can become survivors with the goal of reuniting with their animal as they pursue a new life of safety and security.

Family Services is looking for volunteers to join our dedicated team of crisis counselors. We provide 40-hour certification training so you'll be ready to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault find safety and hope. Training starts in October!

Join Family Services online on October 2 for our virtual Purple Party! Join us for curbside dinner pickup, an online silent auction, livestream event, and more! This year's event proceeds will allow us to create a safe space for domestic violence survivors to feel comfortable leaving their pets temporarily while they shelter with us at Karen's House.

Family Services' Rape Crisis Center helps survivors of rape and sexual abuse understand their options, navigate the criminal and/or civil justice system, connect with resources, and make informed decisions. If you or someone you know wants more information before reaching out for our services, read our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Lisa and Patrick’s passion for helping survivors of abuse started within their own lives and family, but it has rippled out to thousands of others through their children, their business, and their involvement in the community. Learn more about their personal connection to Family Services' mission.

Ana, a victim of spousal abuse, found strength and healing through a support group and individual therapy. She hopes sharing her story will encourage other survivors to seek help.

Therapeutic Reunification gave Yesenia and her children a safe space to come back together.

Trauma-informed yoga classes provide a safe and empowering space for survivors of sexual abuse. Learn about the many benefits of this alternative therapy modality.

The Source LGBT+ Center and Family Services of Tulare County are proud to announce that as of July 1, 2020, The Source will be serving the community with funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

New Online Chat service is available for survivors of domestic violence.

Creating an online fundraiser is a great way to celebrate any special occasion while getting your friends involved in a cause you support! We've seen great success with Facebook fundraisers and invite you to host one to support Family Services of Tulare County. Here's a quick, easy guide to help you set up a fundraiser.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Services has realigned its service delivery to comply with California’s shelter in place mandate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing. Our goal for modifying the way we deliver services has been to meet our clients’ needs while protecting the safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers.

Victims of domestic violence are especially vulnerable and isolated under stay at home orders. If you are experiencing abuse, here are a few things to consider to help keep yourself and your family as safe as possible.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Services has realigned its service delivery to comply with California’s shelter in place mandate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing. 

Due to COVID-19, courts across California have made some changes to prevent the spread of the virus. We want you to be aware of these changes so you can make the best decision for your situation. Family Services is concerned about these changes and believes that they could put many victims and their families at risk for further harm. If you are a survivor or experiencing domestic violence now, here are some things to take into consideration.

Learn how you can get involved and support survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Family Services is working hard to realign its service delivery to comply with California’s shelter in place mandate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for social distancing.  We'd like to update you on our plans to continue our work during this time.

Practicing social distancing by staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic can create new challenges for domestic violence survivors.  We offer a few tips for staying safe in this challenging situation.

Practicar el distanciamiento social al quedarse en casa durante la pandemia de COVID-19 puede crear nuevos desafíos para los sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica. Ofrecemos algunos consejos para mantenerse seguro en esta difícil situación.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It's important to start the conversation now! The more we talk about the prevalence of Human Trafficking in our county the increased ability for victims to reach out and receive the help they need.

Want to volunteer for Family Services? Learn how you can help provide crucial support for clients we work with in our domestic violence and rape crisis programs.

Do you need a vacation? Support Family Services’ work helping children, adults and families heal from violence by donating toward our tree at the Visalia Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Auction, and be entered to win a travel voucher!

Upon completion of Family Services' 52-week Batterer’s Intervention Program, Rollen prepared a letter of responsibility to address the harm he caused his partner, his actions, and the steps he is taking to better himself.

Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, our efforts to end domestic violence and educate our community don't stop here. Learn how domestic violence impacts everyone.

Every one can do one thing to make a difference to end domestic violence. Join Family Services' efforts to spread awareness about domestic violence in our community and help raise critical support for local services.

Family Services provides critical legal advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

Gary shares his personal experience of escaping an abusive relationship and finding his joy.

We have exciting news about our prevention clubs at Woodlake High School! Learn more about ¡Los Lideres! Mobilizing Against Sexual Violence, formerly MyStrength/MyVoice, and how to get involved.

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Learn more about services available for adults 50 years and older experiencing emotional or psychological abuse, financial exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, stalking, and elder abuse.

For both Tulare and Kings Counties, Family Services is the sole provider of professional supervised visitation and exchange services at our “CHAT Houses” in Visalia and Porterville. We provide a safe, welcoming and secure environment for children to have contact with a non-custodial parent in the presence of a neutral third party who observes the visit and ensures the child’s safety.

Support survivors of sexual assault during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thanks to the vision, leadership, and many hours of donated time from board members and other volunteers, the Guest Chef Series has become Family Services’ biggest fundraiser, and a highly-anticipated food and wine event in Tulare County.

Family Services’ Parenting Resources and Support program helps parents build healthy, well-balanced parenting skills through a variety of parenting programs. One of these is SafeCare®, an evidence-based, home visitation parenting program designed to keep children safe.

Family Services' Rape Crisis Center coordinates Tulare County's Sexual Assault Response Team: a victim-centered collaborative approach to addressing sexual assaults. Learn how local agencies are working together to support victims and bring the responsible person(s) to justice.

High school student Raul Reynoso shares his experience with Family Services' MyStrength Club.

Family Services began providing counseling services in 1985 to address the psychological and emotional trauma that domestic violence victims faced. Learn how counseling services have grown throughout the last 33 years.

The Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) provides resources and protections to address domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Learn how VAWA directly impacts Tulare County and how you can help move this important legislation forward.

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Learn more about teen dating abuse and how you can help promote awareness during February.

Want to volunteer for Family Services? Learn how you can help provide crucial support for clients we work with in our domestic violence and rape crisis programs.

Learn more about the services Family Services provides for victims of human trafficking and at-risk youth at Freedom House.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Learn how you can support Family Services' work with survivors of labor and sex trafficking.

Learn how the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which began on December 21, 2018 at midnight, affects Family Services as it works with victims of violence here in Tulare County.  We want our supporters and partners to know that we are fiscally sound and able to continue operating at full capacity for the time being; however, if the shutdown is lengthy, we will face challenges.

In our Winter 2018 edition of "Family Matters" you'll read about Caroline's story of healing after experiencing childhood trauma, a spotlight on prevention programs and community education and a 1-year update from Tulare County's Domestic Violence High Risk team. There is also information about supporting families this holiday season.

Read about the success of Family Services' parenting classes for incarcerated teens.

Learn about our primary prevention and community outreach programs. We are helping teenagers understand what healthy relationships look like and how to intervene as bystanders to violence. We are also training Latina volunteers in rural areas to educate their communities on sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.


Thank you to our generous sponsors.

  • The Sence Foundation
  • First 5 Tulare County
    First 5 Tulare County
  • The Law Office of Afreen A. Kaelble
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