UPLIFT FAMILIES is my initiative to connect parents with information, resources and programs that help them acquire knowledge and skills to raise loving, responsible, and happy children.

We believe that strong parent-child relationships are the key to providing children with tools and encouragement to make healthy and safe choices in their lives, keeping them free from drugs, alcohol, violence, crime and pornography.   This UPLIFT FAMILIES program includes web-based resources, social media experiences, educational materials and periodic conferences on parenting and family issues.

Please enjoy our new website and resource center!  We are always eager to hear your comments and feedback, you can always share your thoughts with us by clicking here.


Jeanette Herbert
First Lady of Utah




(KUTV) — Parenting and child relationships can be tough to navigate through. Sometimes you do not know the right direction to take down that unknown road of parenting. Here to help with the communication is Karla Arroyo, director of the Multicultural Counseling Center. She says that communication can be a critical cause to serious problems within families. Karla also walks us through the process of how therapy can help mend families and improve communication.


Using the Social Development Strategy to Strengthen Our Families By Jamie Slade, MPH – Prevention Specialist

POSTED BY on August 16, 2019

Children and teenagers want to make their own choices. We all do, really. Being forced into a decision can end in resentment, frustration, rebellion, or regret. I’m sure we can all recognize that when a decision is our own, we feel more committed to it and receive greater satisfaction than if we are made to do it by someone else. The Social Development Strategy (SDS) is a way to create a bond with our children that will result in them making choices- on their own! - that align with the clear standards set within our homes. Just as the SDS has been used in entire communities to reduce the rates of problem behaviors, you can use it to make a difference in your family.

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Parent-Child Relationships By Karla Arroyo

POSTED BY on August 07, 2019

Mental Health has received increased attention over the last few years. This has led to more individuals and families seeking help without carrying the stigma once associated with therapy.  Mental health counseling can be a tool to help individuals and families to foster improved relationships amongst family members, greater understanding of one another and as safe space to explore emotions, attitudes and behaviors that can be damaging for the individuals and their family.

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Feeding Your Baby By Dr. Adam Wahlstrom

POSTED BY on July 26, 2019

For me, eating is truly a wonderful past time.  When I travel, I usually center my destinations on locations that I can obtain a new or exciting dish.  If I need to wind down, there is always food involved.  When I celebrate, something will likely need to be catered.  And when things go wrong, sustenance is often found to be a part of the healing process.  Unfortunately the journey to this love affair with food is not always an immediate one for most infants.  The newborn infant can cause an incredible amount of stress in a new parent’s life due to their seeming unwillingness to cooperate with feeding.  Whether this trouble stems from what they are eating, or perhaps how their eating is affecting their stomachs, it is a common problem all the same.  So let’s take a moment to discuss this topic.

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