Alameda County SSA DCFS OPG



Two different collections of resources are available on OPG.  Those listed below are not maintained or created by the OPG web team. Each of these resource links below will open in a new window.

Please visit this other page for resources serving the Spanish speaking and immigrant community.  The page, which contains resources collected by the Spanish Language Advisory Committee (SLAC), has a printable resource guide that SLAC developed in 2011.

Alphabetical list of Resources

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  • Fostering Connections Resource Center: The Resource Center is a “one-stop-shop for a range of data, online tools, and technical support on all aspects of Fostering Connections.” The Resource Center also provides access to national networks of state-based and local stakeholders organized according to the six major topic areas of the law – adoption, kinship, older youth, tribal child welfare, health, and education. The resource center is managed by Child Trends in partnership with The Finance Project.
  • PACT - An Adoption Alliance: create and maintain the internet's most comprehensive site addressing issues for adopted children of color, offering informative articles on related topics as well as profiles of triad members and their families, links to other internet resources, and a book reference guide with a searchable database. The site provides reprints of past Pact Press issues, as well as opportunities to interact with other triad members and to ask questions of birth parents, adopted people, adoptive parents and adoption professionals.
  • Recommended websites on adoptions:
    • AFTER: Adoptive Family Therapeutic and Educational Resources
    • The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys: A national association of approximately 330 attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law.
    • American Adoption Congress: An “international network of adoption triad members and organizations committed to adoption re-form that protects all those involved from abuse and exploitation.”
    • ATTACH: The Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children
    •  CASE: Center for Adoption Support and Education. An online adoptive family support resource.

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AWOL youth

  • Project AWOL is a service provided by the STAT program of WestCoast Children's Clinic to assist the Department in providing support to dependents whose placement is not stable. Eligible clients are dependents who are:
    1. Currently AWOL from placement
    2. Have recently returned from an AWOL episode, or
    3. Have had 3 or more placement changes within 1 year

See the AWOL Youth page for referral and other information.

  • Free Transportation Home - Greyhound Runaway Transportation Services will provide transportation home on Greyhound, free of charge, for runaway children of indigent families. The child's parents must go to their police department and have the police contact Greyhound with the information. Greyhound will then issue a ticket with the child's name, to the appropriate bus station, to be picked up by the child. The child must be 21 years or younger. However, children under 15 years of age cannot travel on their own. In such a case, Greyhound will issue a free round-trip ticket for a parent to retrieve the child and escort him or her home.  Here is some of the information from the website;
    • Runaway Transportation Services

    Phone - (214) 849-8966 (Customer Service)

    Website -

    Hours - Monday thru Sunday 9:00am to 11:59am and 3:00pm to 8:00pm

    For ages 21 years old or younger

    Main Location

    121 South Center Street

    Stockton, CA 95202

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Child Care / Summer Camp

Child Care

  • BANANAS: is a non-profit child care referral and support agency serving the diverse families in Northern Alameda County, California. They provide free parenting information, workshops and referrals to family child care, child care centers, preschools, babysitters, in-home caregivers, nannies and play groups. Also provides subsidized child care for parents in need.
  • Child Care Links - Free child care referrals are provided to parents in the Tri-Valley area.

Summer Camp

  • East Bay Regional Park District offers deeply discounted week long day camps for foster youth (cost is between $12.50 to $40 a week). All that is needed is a letter from the social worker confirming that the youth is a foster child and who the child is placed with. Biological parents can also apply for these discounted camps with a similar letter or CalWORKs documentation. The parent or foster parent is responsible for transportation.
    Instructions on how to apply are located here.  Please contact 888-327-2757 to register via phone or with any questions.
  • UC Berkeley's overnight SOAR camp: a week long overnight camp on UC Berkeley's campus. Youth who are selected for the summer camp are invited back the following two years, as well as being invited to a variety of activities throughout the year. This camp is intended to be an outreach program for foster youth to provide educational opportunities and life experiences that they otherwise would have received from their parents.  The camp is free and open to 7th or 8th grade students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, residing in the Bay Area.

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  • What's Happening in Court?: An Activity Book for Children Who Are Going to Court in California (2nd ed.) can be completed online and also printed as a pdf.  The activity aims to introduce children to the court processes in which they are or could be involved, the people who work in the judicial system, and the vocabulary that surrounds judicial proceedings. It is meant to be used as a teaching tool that may foster conversations between children and adults about the court system, and as a game site that gives children who are in court something to do while they wait. This site is not intended to give or substitute for legal advice. Children of all ages can enjoy this site. Available from the CFCC.
  • The Judicial Council of California Center for Children, Families and the Courts has provided a comprehensive parent-friendly resource guide - to help with navigating the juvenile court system. This resource was developed to provide parents with a detailed outline of the court process and parent rights as well as the personal narrative of a parent who went through the dependency court proceedings to be reunified with their child and their advice for other parents going through the same experience.  A Spanish version of the guide is also available

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Crisis Intervention

  • Mobile Response Team: The Mobile Response Team (MRT) is set up to respond to situations where a youth is in crisis and the caregiver or parent needs immediate on-site support to avert a psychiatric hospitalization, de-escalate a crisis and/or stabilize ,and salvage a placement. See the OPG for referral information.

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  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund:  The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
  • Through the Looking Glass:  Through the Looking Glass if Offering FREE Prenatal and Parenting Support! Serving transition-age (14-26) foster care youth with diverse disabilities in Alameda & Contra Cost Counties. Prenatal and parenting education & support to mothers and fathers, infant/child developmental assessment & intervention, occupational therapy & parenting adaptation services and disability mentoring are services provided.  Clinicians can visit families in their homes or meet with them at the Through the Looking Glass at the Ed Roberts campus in Berkeley.  For more information or to make a referral, please contact Lliana at (510) 848-1112, ext. 8114

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Domestic Violence

  • Peace Creations: To provide education for the prevention of violence in families, communities, schools, corporations and institutions; parenting classes, anger management, domestic violence classes, all over the bay area
  • Alameda County Family Justice Center Domestic Violence Resource Guide: The  Family Justice Center (FJC) Periodically publishes a comprehensive guide to domestic violence resources in Alameda County.  The Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) is a community initiative launched by more than 50 organizations and 150 people who have joined together to provide comprehensive services required by domestic violence victims and their families.

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Education / Grants / Stipends


  • A site for all people helping children and youth in California's foster care system succeed in school
  • Students Rising Above profiles low-income students who are rising above great difficulties and succeeding in school and in life.  Please check out student profiles on If you have any questions about the program feel free to contact Lisa Kossiver at or
  • Building Blocks Therapeutic Preschool serves children ages 3-5 years old who have severe behavioral, emotional and/or social needs, often times associated with adverse childhood experiences or trauma (including but not limited to abuse/neglect, domestic and community violence, or drug/alcohol exposure in utero.) Pre-K hours are 8:45am-1:00pm M-F. In order to be considered eligible, the child must have:
    1. Full scope Medi-cal
    2. Previously attempted a day care/school setting but was unsuccessful
    3. Display severe behavioral, social and/or emotional needs
    • The K-1 (kinder-first grade) classroom for children ages 5-7, will also have multiple openings in the fall but requires the child to have an IEP and the designation of ED (emotional disturbance) or OHI (other health impairments -ADHS) and a referral MUST be made from the school district to be eligible. K-1 hours are 8:30am-2:30pm M-F (Wednesday is early dismissal at 1:15pm)
    • Transportation is provided for both programs, but is on a limited (as available) basis.

          For any questions regarding this program please contact

                                  Cristina Vega, Program Director, Building Blocks

                                               Seneca Family of Agencies

                                             Direct: 510-434-7990, ext. 121 

                                                     Cell: 510-301-4639

    • Please find both English and Spanish brochures here for more information.

  • Phillips Academy: The mission of The Phillips Academy is to provide a comprehensive, positive, educational program for youth with complex behavioral, social, emotional and educational needs.  The Phillips Academy serves 6th to 12th grade students with special needs, providing a calm, safe, and therapeutic environment for students with depression, anxiety, or other mood related disorders, for students with specific learning disabilities, for those with Aspergers disorder or high functioning autism, and for those with ADHD or other learning challenges. Placement inquiries are initiated by public schools, pediatricians, mental health professionals, community agencies, or by parents directly.

Grants / Stipends

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Funds for Various Client Services

  • The Discretionary Fund was created for DCFS staff in May 2011 and combines all pre-existing discretionary funds into one pot of money.  CWWs can use the fund for client needs including furniture, assistance with move-in costs, delinquent utility bills, auto repairs, extracurricular activities, and expenses families may incur during a trial visit prior to reunification. 

  • Social Worker/CASA Resource Grants from the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation - Grants of up to $250 will be awarded to Social Workers or CASAs to help meet the critical needs of clients who are children in dependency court. Examples include funding for eye glasses, dental care, medical testing, tickets to a sporting event, clothing, school supplies, tutoring, music lessons, summer camp, etc.
  • The YOS - Social Worker program provides funding to Bay Area middle school and high school foster youth and court-dependent youth (grades 6-12 / ages 11-18) to pursue extracurricular enrichment activities of their choosing. The goal is to enable these youth to pursue a passion that they would be unable to otherwise. Grants of up to $250 are awarded and can be renewable once (to make a total of $500 for one youth).   Social workers merely have to submit a one-page request with their supervisor's signature, on county or agency letterhead, along with a one-page (maximum) essay from the youth about the activity they want to explore and why they want to do it.  Please see the program flyer for more information.

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Health Care

  • CPSP Provider List. This is an updated Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)  Provider list.
  • Youth Heart Health Center.  This program offers eye exams and glasses to youth between the ages of 3-21, at no out-of-pocket cost.  See the flyer for additional information.
  • HealthPAC is a program designed just for people who need, but can’t afford, health care and don’t qualify for help from other programs. HealthPAC is only for Alameda County residents and is funded by County, State, and federal dollars.  The program replaces CMSP and ACE effective 7/1/11.  Brochures: English or Spanish; Participant Handbook.
  • Healthy Oakland Teens. Oakland Unified School District has designed a free APP called Healthy Oakland Teens that can be installed on your county cell phone and provides sexual health information and local services for teen. This APP is useful for staff, caring adults and youth/NMDs and can assist in having important conversations with youth/NMDs about the prevention of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. 
    • Healthy Oakland Teens connects Oakland, CA high school students to the closest teen clinics and school based health centers. Clinics and health centers provide free, youth-friendly STI and HIV testing and counseling, pregnancy testing and counseling, sexual assault care, abortion services, mental health counseling and alcohol/ substance use counseling services. This App is provided free for all OUSD students as part of a comprehensive sex education curriculum.
    • All Child Welfare Workers are encouraged to add this APP to your county cell phone and use it with youth/NMDs as part of your work in ensuring that our youth/NMDs know their sexual and reproductive health rights and have received or will receive comprehensive sexual health education at school (Middle school/Junior high/High school) or with a health professional annually.

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Housing and Food

  • East Bay Housing Organizations: EBHO offers two different helpful publications.
    • Since 1997, EBHO has published the Affordable Housing Guidebook, a resource for advocates, developers, policy makers, people seeking housing, and anyone looking to learn more about affordable housing in the East Bay.
    • They also offer a Resource Guide in English, Spanish, and Chinese that includes information about finding affordable housing and a list of affordable housing resources.
  • Behavioral Health Care Services-Housing Resources: Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services established a Housing Services
    Office in 2007 through the utilization of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
    funding. The Office strives to achieve the following broad goals for the BHCS
    system and our target populations:

    1) Increase the availability of a range of affordable housing options with appropriate supportive services so that individuals can “choose”, “get”, and “keep” their preferred type of housing arrangement;

    2) Minimize the time individuals spend living in institutional settings by
    increasing and improving working relationships among housing and service providers, family members, and consumers;

    3) Track and monitor the type, quantity, and quality of housing utilized by and available to BHCS target populations;

    4) Provide centralized information and resources related to housing for BHCS consumers, family members, and providers;

    5) Coordinate educational and training programs around housing and related services issues for consumers, family members, and providers;

    6) Work toward the prevention and elimination of homelessness in Alameda County through active participation in the EveryOne Home plan implementation.

  • EveryOne Home:  EveryOne Home is Alameda County’s road map for ending homelessness. By emphasizing a coordinated, efficient regional response to a regional problem, we can and will end homelessness in Alameda County.  If tenants or clients who are experiencing a housing crisis in Alameda County, the Priority Home Partnership may be able to help.
  • PG&E has partnered with Alameda County and The Salvation Army to provide increased REACH support for families who qualify for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

  • Rising Oaks (Fred Finch Youth Center): 30 units of studio apartments located on the Fred Finch Youth Center campus.  Available to current or former foster or probation youth, ages 18-21. More information is available on their website -

  • YEAH!: Youth Engagement, Advocacy, and Housing is our mission is to support young adults (18-25) in Berkeley who are currently homeless. YEAH! provides basic necessities, case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement. YEAH! can be reached at (510) 704-9867 or 1744 University Ave in
    Berkeley.  More about YEAH!
    • The shelter is open seven nights a week between November and May. It is staffed each night by a trained supervisor and a team of volunteers. The youth are served a hot dinner and in the morning receive breakfast and a bag lunch. They sleep on mats with fresh sheets. Clean socks and underwear are provided when available. They have access to a shower nightly. In addition, we provide medical referrals and on-site therapy.
    • The Clinical Day Program provides year-round, intensive case management and counseling to a select group. Participants meet regularly with a trained clinician. Together they set goals and chart a path to their preferred lives. Youth are helped to find employment, to secure permanent, affordable housing, to return to (or stay in) school, and to learn to utilize community resources.

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Incarcerated Inmate Locators and Resources for Incarcerated Parents, their Children, and Loved Ones

  • Marin County Sheriff's Booking log: The information displayed on these searches includes public data about persons arrested and booked into the County of Marin jail in the last 48 hours who are still in custody, and also a complete list of inmates as of the time the search is run.
  • VINE Service Number : (877) 411-5588 TTY: (866) 847-1298. The California State Victim Notification service (VINE) helps victims of crime obtain information about the custody of their offender and is provided by the local sheriff in the counties listed above and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). VINE is a free service that is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. VINE is available in English and Spanish and all registrations are confidential. 
    • County Offender Registrations - At the county custody level, victims, next of kin and witnesses can call or visit online to obtain custody information and/or register with VINE to receive automatic notification of any change in custody.
    • State Prison Offender Registration Request for Notification - At the state prison custody level, victims, next of kin and witnesses can request to be registered for notification of release, death or escape. Also, victims and next of kin of indeterminate sentenced inmates can request notification of parole board hearings
  • Interactive trainings for incarcerated people.  The trainings cover the areas of life found in the Roadmap to Reentry Guide from Root & Rebound (link above), and one of them is Family & Children. The trainings give information about reconnecting with children after incarceration and other family law issues that can impact people with records. It also has worksheets as well as other resources on this topic.

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In-Home Support and Case Management

  • Family Reclaim Collaborative - The Family Reclaim Program (through FSSBA) provides intensive, home-based services to families in the Family Maintenance Program to help them achieve greater independence, successfully maintain their children in their care, and work through any barriers to dismissal of their FM case. Family Reclaim's intensive services are voluntary and focused on specific goals with the family, such as parenting skills, household management, money management, nutritional guidance, crisis planning, housing advocacy, and connecting to community resources.

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Kin-GAP and Relative Care

  • KINSHIP SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM CONTACT LIST (KSSP Centers). Counties around the state have kinship support centers. You can refer relative caregivers to a center in their area of residence. Here is an updated referral form that can be faxed to either provider. For those families residing in North County, please fax referrals to: Family Support Services. For those families residing in South County, please fax referrals to Lincoln.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Bulaon at 510 268-2883.
    • Family Support Services of the Bay Area serves Northern Alameda County from the site at 401 Grand Ave., #500, Oakland, CA 94610, Ph.: (510) 834-2443, EX: 3028. Northern Alameda County includes the following cities; Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany and Piedmont.  They offer support groups, training and workshops for kin caregivers, group recreation, tutoring, information & referral, and for caregivers of non-dependent children, case management and assistance obtaining guardianship. Approx. 5% of their population served consists of families with youth in our system. They have a "Homework Club" for youth 3 -4 days a week; a youth "Leadership Program" that engages youth in leadership roles in the community and support roles for youth programs and activities; and a Kinship Summer Youth Program for youth who live with relative caregivers in the city of Oakland.
    • Lincoln Child Center administers a Southern Alameda County KSSP site at 111 Review Way, Hayward, CA 94544, Ph.: (510) 583-8026, EX: 2000#.  Southern Alameda County includes the following cities; San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward, Castro Valley, Union City, Fremont and Tri-Valley Area.  They offer support groups, training and workshops for kin caregivers, tutoring, information & referral, family recreation opportunities, camping, and, for caregivers of non-dependent children, case management through their kin navigator program and assistance in obtaining guardianship. Approximately 5% of their population served consists of families with youth in our system.
  • was created to better serve our population of Relative Caregivers across the state of California. Each county in California has its own webpage on the website. In addition to the services offered online, there is also a warm line phone number. The Navigator Program is a warm line phone number that anyone can call (caregivers, service providers, parents, etc.) for information and referral services. The 1-800-KIN-0047 is available to assist relative caregivers in California to find basic needs and resources as well as a quick resource guide to locate applicable community resources.

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Legal Assistance

  • California Code:  Information presented reflects all laws currently in effect in California. (Penal code is helpful for when you're trying to understand a police record)
  • Family Violence Law Center: Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) is a nonprofit organization serving family violence victims and their children throughout Alameda County, California.
  • Judicial Counsel Forms: The Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts forms presented in the Forms section of the California Courts Web site are current as of January 1, 2010.

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  • “Caring for Alameda County LBGTQ Children and Youth”  The CFS Department informational booklet which includes the Department LGBTQ Policy, definitions, basic information on caring for LGBTQ children and youth, and local and web based support and information. It will serve as an implementation tool for our practice and policy. If you would like a hard copy, ask your Program Manager.
  • Family Acceptance Project  is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.
  • Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.
  • This Information Memorandum (IM) confirms and reattests the fundamental belief that every child and youth who is unable to live with his or her parents is entitled to a safe, loving and affirming foster care placement, irrespective of the young person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Title IV-E agencies and other stakeholders who are responsible for caring for and protecting all young people are creatively and actively addressing the unique and sometimes challenging needs of young people in foster care who are LGBTQ. To support States, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCFPC) has developed multiple, downloadable print resources on LGBTQ issues and child welfare that are available on the NRCPFC website.
  • LGBTQ Bay Area Resource Guide:   Contains information on social activities, family support, drop-in centers, employment and education, counseling/mental health, and housing.
  • Our Space is a BAYC program that provides a safe space for LGBTQ youth (Ages 14 – 21) to congregate, socialize, build community and access case management and individual/family therapy support services as needed.
    Our Space is a substance-free space.
  • Trans Lifeline:  Trans Lifeline is a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. It provides a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
  • Youth Acceptance Collaborative (YAC): The YAC services include: case management, weekly support meetings with a YAC advocate for youth and/or their families, crisis support and case consultation for providers. Minors living in Alameda County who have questions or concerns about their own sexual orientation gender identity and expression (SOGIE) and /or their families can have a Youth Advocate and utilize YAC services.

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mental Health and Counseling

See the Child Welfare Referral Guide for mental health services for children and youth.

  • A Better Way has several mental health services designed to provide a full spectrum of clinical services to children and families in a pleasant outpatient setting or home environment. A Better Way serves birth families, foster families and adoptive families, and they now have the ability to serve Alameda County foster children in both Sonoma & Solano Counties. See the EPSDT page for their referral form and more information.
  • ACCESS: ACCESS is the Department's contract with the county Behavioral Health Department (BHCS) for the provision of mental health services to the clients we serve. The services are predominantly funded through MediCal unless the child is privately insured.
  • Ann Martin Center: Marie St. Claire, working for Ann Martin’s Children Center in the Brookfield Elementary School is offering counseling services either on an individual and, if enough volume, group, basis to children in the child welfare system. She can also offer some case management support around health and mental health to the families. This might be a good resource for those without Medi-Cal or don’t have severe enough systems to meet medical necessity requirements for Medi-Cal. Please contact her directly or give information to the families you serve if you have youth at that school. Contact information: Marie St. Pierre, (510) 504-8085,
  • Brighter Beginnings:  A mental health program serving families on CalWORKs, pregnant and parenting teens with full-scope Alameda County Medi-Cal and children from 0 until their 7th birthday who have full-scope Alameda County Medi-Cal. They provide individual counseling with family or couples counseling as needed. They have an infant mental health program that specializes in working with infants and young children to help address any concerns about bonding and attachment, behavior issues or other concerns about the child’s mental health and the relationship between the child and their primary caregivers. They have the capacity to serve both English and Spanish speaking clients, they ’re conveniently located in the Fruitvale district in Oakland, and we can provide services in the client’s home or at their school, as needed.

  • California Peer Run Warm Line: The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.
  • CATS: The Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) program provides individual and family therapy and therapeutic case management to children up to age eighteen who are living with their birth parents as part of the Family Maintenance program.  See this FM page for more information and the referral form.
  • East Bay Community Recovery Center: An outpatient clinic specializing in co-occurring treatment, and are now accepting referrals for youth who have Medi-Cal (ages 11 18) and their families. The youth must have some level of mental health and / or substance abuse issues and an interest in outpatient treatment. Located in Hayward and Oakland.  Some parents might qualify for the adult program if they meet the criteria, however, as this is not one of our contracted Agencies or one we use through BHC, please make sure they qualify through homelessness, CalWORKs or Medi-Cal if referring.
  • Family Paths, Inc: Now Offering Counseling for Victims/Witness of Crime (VOC): Family Paths' new treatment program for Victims/Witness of Crime (VOC) is part of a federal and state program offering therapy and other support services for people who have been the victim of a violent crime or domestic abuse, or have witnessed such crimes, or are direct family members of victims. Family Paths Hotline
    • Family Paths, Inc. provides office based therapy to children, families and adults who are parents. They currently offer these services in their Oakland and Hayward offices. * For free therapy and other services from VOC, please call (510) 893-9230 Ext. 262.
    • EPSDT Families in Transition program – we have several new staff starting including a Spanish speaker in our Hayward office (serving all South County). If anyone has a long wait list and wants to send folks our way, feel free to give them our hotline number – 800-829-3777.

  • Felton Early Psychosis Program: the program's mission is to deliver comprehensive treatment grounded in wellness, recovery and resilience to people experiencing symptoms of psychosis, as well as their families. Their Alameda County contact is phone: (510) 318-6100 or email:
  • Fred Finch Traveling (aka Visiting) therapist:  good for facilitating family therapy and individual therapy for children placed far away (e.g. Manteca, Sacramento, and Suisun).  Also great for children that jump around placements a lot as the therapist stays consistent. Contact: Sonya Singal 510-773-7542.  The referral form is available in the Child Welfare Referral Guide.
  • Fred Finch Youth Center's In-Home Stabilization Program: 

    FFYC's In-Home Stabilization Services are designed for children and youth in Alameda County in need of intensive services to maintain, or achieve, placement stability. The program is based on wraparound philosophy and provides intensive, community and strength-based services that are culturally competent and family-centered. Helping families through periods of intensive emotional crisis requires an assurance of absolute and unconditional availability of support. Services rendered may take many forms that are decided collaboratively by family and service providers together. The In-Home program focuses on crisis intervention and stabilization of families and youth experiencing serious psychiatric difficulties. The program provides intensive in-home therapeutic and case management services for children and families for up to 12 weeks. Services may include: short-term individual and family counseling; crisis intervention; case management; and psycho-educational training. The program provides 24-hour, 7-day-a-week crisis availability. Youth and families are then referred, if needed, to pre-existing programs to address longer-term treatment needs. Clinicians utilize crisis management, Co-Occurring Integrated Treatment, Trauma-Focused family interventions, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and Solution-Focused and Strength-Based Behavioral interventions.

     In order to qualify for services, youth must have full scope Medi-Cal and be:

            *       Alameda County children and youth who are dependents of the court living in foster care, kinship, or with biological family (not in Group Home care); 

            *       Seriously emotionally disturbed (SED);

            *       Experiencing a crisis in the home and require in-home services to stabilize the living situation (for In-Home Stabilization), and

            *       Live within 90 minutes of Fred Finch offices in Oakland

    For referrals for FFYC's In-Home Stabilization program, the Alameda County CWW will make all referrals directly to the program's intake coordinator, Ty Lambert, MFT at 510-485-5270 or (fax #: 510-530-2047.) The referral form is available in the Child Welfare Referral Guide.  A brochure describing the program is available here.

  • Kids Connect Groups: (flyer) The Center for Child Protection at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is offering group therapy services for children and teens and/or their siblings impacted by abuse, neglect and/or violence.
  • OPG page on EPDST: several of the programs listed in this section are EPSDT programs and can also be found on that OPG page.
  • STARS Community Services: STARS Community Services is accepting referrals. STARS offers the following:
    1. Behavioral health services for foster care child(ren)/youth/NMDs between the ages 3 – 21
    2. Therapists and case managers that travel to where the child(ren)/youth/NMDs is located – within 90 miles of San Leandro
    3. Medication evaluation and management (at our San Leandro location)
    4. Intensive Case Management needed by Katie A. subclass members
    5. Accepts referrals from Child Welfare Workers for clients with Alameda County Medi-Cal

    For more information see attached brochure and/or contact Liz Nickels at and 510-414-2416.

  • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (Referral): Tiburcio provides school based services for youth who are full scope MC at the following schools:

    a. Edendale Middle School and Bohannon Middle School located in San Lorenzo Unified School District

    b. Harder Elementary, Cavez Middle School, and Winton Middle School located in Hayward Unified School District.

    c. Tennyson High School, James Logan and Conley-Caraballo High Schools, and Hayward Community School and Quest Academy.

    They also provide clinic based services to their existing clientele (on the health delivery side) of teen parents, adult parents and their children. These services will include individual, family, and infant mental health services.

    For both services they are open to foster youth if they are full scope MC and meet the criteria of the school based programs and the clinic program.

  • WestCoast Children's Clinic is pleased to announce that we have openings for the following programs:
    • Psychological assessments (testing) for dependent minors ages 3-20 years: CWWs may call (510-269-9043) or fill out the referral form (available in the Child Welfare Referral Guide) and fax it to us (510-269-9031; ATTN: INTAKE) to make referrals for full-scope MediCal eligible youth. Services may be clinic-based (Oakland-Fruitvale) or may be provided in the community. Questions may be directed to our Intake Services Coordinator, Jerolyn Peery-Politzer, MFT, at 510-269-9102, or to our intake department 510-269-9043.
  • Out of County
    • Sacramento: The River Oak Center for Children in Sacramento has been a contracted provider with Alameda County for some time. The CWW needs to contact ACCESS to make a foster youth referral to River Oak because we have to create a referral letter; although Sacramento Co. contracts with River Oak also, they cannot make a direct referral on our behalf.
    • Sonoma and Solano:
    • Central Valley:

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Mentoring, Tutoring, and education


  • Take Home Computer Program:   All Oakland Public School (grades 6-12) who would like to receive computers from OTX-West, please have the school principal contact us with your request, or call (510) 893-4822. OTX-West provides computers with Windows 2000 Professional that are internet ready and loaded with legal and appropriate software. To earn a computer, the student and parent/adult must register and attend our 3 hour THCP class.
  • Alameda County Office of Education’s Foster Youth Services has an educational Mentor Program. The Mentor Program serves a range of school age foster youth that receive one-on-one support from an Education Mentor.
    Child Welfare Workers can contact Foster Youth Services at 670-7750 for a phone referral and more information.  This flyer has additional information about the service. 
  • Brothers on the Rise is a new College and Career Readiness initiative “Lift A Brother Up”, designed to prepare high school junior males for successful entry into higher education and careers within the core human services fields of mental health, public health, and education. We are looking for young men of junior standing in an Oakland public school and with at least a 2.0 GPA (or close), who would benefit the leadership training, mentorship and support of our program. We are actively recruiting students to participate in the program as well as adults who work with these young men at high schools or in other organizations as partners, liaisons and supporters for Lift A Brother Up.
  • Tutoring for OUSD students. ONE-on-ONE TUTORING is available now for Foster Youth who attend Oakland Unified School District K-12 public schools. Unfortunately, this does not include Oakland Charter Schools. To set up tutoring, please email Crystal Rudecino at and she will help contact the appropriate Case Manager to make a referral.
  • The Starting Point Mentorship Program at UC Berkeley connects community college students with current Berkeley transfer students of similar majors, backgrounds, and/or community colleges. Mentors provide informational support in navigating the application process to UC Berkeley, along with imparting insight about the transfer student experience at UC Berkeley.

    For more detailed info visit our site:

    SPMP has been a UC Berkeley program that supports transfer students for over 15 years. In the most recent year, 1 in 3 mentees were admitted to UC Berkeley.


    • Must be applying to UC Berkeley in Fall 2018

    • Must have a cumulative 3.2 GPA

    Benefits for Mentees: The SPMP offers many benefits to its mentees including but not limited to:

    • Advice and mentorship from a current Berkeley transfer student

    • Opportunities to meet with admissions officers during the application period

    • Workshops covering an array of topics from admissions to student life

    • A chance to visit the campus with their mentor and receive the full picture of the Berkeley student experience.

    • SPMP is a recognized enrichment program that can be noted on the UC application

    Please share with students to apply here:

    Please note that space is limited, once all spaces have been filled we will generate a wait list, students will be notified of acceptance or wait listed via email.

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Native American

  • A Statewide Directory of Services for Native American Families is available on the California Courts website. The Directory contains contact information on services to assist Indian children and families. Search by county, service type or both. After accessing the California Courts website from the above link, clink on the link for the directory under the Resources heading.

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One Stop Assistance Centers

  • United Way’s SparkPoint Centers: help families create step-by-step plans to tackle their unique needs, and connect them to services to address each one. The centers work with each family for up to three years to achieve their goals. The centers are a one-stop location for a full-range of services including personalized financial coaching, as well as programs that help families move up the career ladder, build assets and manage their credit.

    Location and Contact information for Sparkpoint Centers

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Other Resources / Resource Guides and Directories

  • - offering:
    • A hotline for parents called Help Me Grow has answers.  Find county resources, family events and information about your child's development.  Call 1-888-510-1211 Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm.
    • Information for parents about child development, learning and behavior - including interactive developmental milestone pages
    • Searchable directory of 250+ county resources for early childhood development and parenting, and a comprehensive list of family support resources (financial assistance, housing, health, etc.)
    • Calendar of local family-friendly events.

  • Apex Helps - Apexhelps is a site used to help all people in the Bay Area locate relevant social services to assist them in whatever situation they are encountering. In addition, the site helps people find volunteer opportunities. Their resource mini guide is here.  Their full resource list is here.
  • An interactive mapping tool for locating federally supported youth programs in your community. Search by full address or ZIP code.  Search results provide the program title, CFDA number, department, funding agency, recipient name and full address. Results can be filtered by topic and sponsoring federal department.
  • Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action, 2013 Resource Guide:  This guide was developed to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being.

    The Resource Guide was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Children’s Bureau, and other government agencies and stakeholders.

    • The guide was created primarily to support child abuse prevention professionals in their work.  It includes detailed information about protective factors in families and tips for infusing them into programs and direct practice; information about supporting parents and children who have a history of trauma; strength-based tip sheets on specific parenting topics for use with caregivers (available in English and Spanish); and, resource contact information.

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Parenting Classes & Supports

  • The Deaf, Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA) is located in San Leandro and coordinates parenting classes and provides referrals to other services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. They frequently have parenting classes in ASL throughout the bay area. Check their website for upcoming classes.
  • Peace Creations: To provide education for the prevention of violence in families, communities, schools, corporations and institutions; parenting classes, anger management, domestic violence classes.
  • Family Paths, Inc.   Family Paths' Positive Parenting Classes are designed to improve parent/child relationships by teaching the parent or caregiver about the developmental stages of children. These classes are appropriate for new parents, foster and kinship care providers, adoptive parents and others who are involved in parenting roles with children.  Family Paths Hotline
  • National Parent Helpline: For emotional support from a trained Advocate to help parents become empowered, stronger parents. Call (1-855-427-2736)

  • Teen Success Program is grounded in a positive youth development framework and aligned with best practices in serving teen mothers ages 14-19 who have not yet completed high school, living in poverty. The program focuses on members' strengths, works to foster personal resilience and social connections while at the same time acknowledging the importance of reducing risk and increasing the members' capacity to reach their full potential. Please view the flyer here.
    • The goal of the new TeenSuccess, Inc. program model is to break the cycle of poverty by supporting teen mothers as they complete high school and develop the skills to support their child's positive development.
    • TeenSuccess, Inc. breaks the cycle of poverty two generations at a time by supporting teen mothers in graduation from high school and pursuing post-secondary education, and developing the skills needed to nurture their child's positive development.  Our mission is to help under served teen mothers and their children become educated, self-sufficient, valued members of society.
    • The TeenSuccess, Inc. program is comprised of 60 hours of coaching/case management as well as 8 weekly peer support and education groups.  The program is for young mothers ages 14-19 who HAVE NOT yet completed high school.
    • Weekly peer support & education groups will focus on the following areas:
      • Development-Centered Parenting
      • Child-Parent Interactions
      • Parental Emotional Regulation
      • Child Language Development and Literacy


  • Father Engagement:  Dynamic opportunity for Fathers to receive monetary incentives and gain knowledge in 8 sessions.  The Fatherhood Initiative is committed to effectively engage, encourage and support an initial total of 32 fathers and their children through a series of workshops in the following key areas: Critical Thinking and Cultural Affirmation, the vital importance of fatherhood, child development, employment, educational planning for fathers and children, legal barriers, healthy relationships.
    • Father's can register at INFO@MARCUSFOSTER.ORG or (510) 777-1600. (They should include their name, address, phone number, age of child and who they were referred by)
    • Fatherhood Circle:  A flyer that gives information about an exciting new effort to engage fathers involved in Family Maintenance and Family Reunification Efforts

Participation Bonuses and Incentives:

By participating in this program, youth will be eligible for the following incentives and bonuses:

    • $25 gift cards for completion of three components of parenting education, nutrition education, or financial planning education.
    • A quarterly $100 bonus for a grade point average of 2.0 (a “C” average) or better.
    • A one-time only graduation bonus of $500 upon graduation of high school or its equivalent.
    • Educational achievement and graduation bonuses ($100 & $500 bonuses) are to be paid only after a youth has successfully participated in the program for 90 days.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    Youth must meet the following criteria to be eligible for these services:

    • Youth must be a dependent of Alameda County;
    • Youth must be pregnant and/or parenting;
    • Youth must be under age 20 (can receive services until their 20th birthday);
    • Youth must not have earned a high school diploma or GED

Coordination of Case Management Services:

The case manager from BB or THVC will be in communication with the primary child welfare worker regarding school progress and ancillary service needs, such as transportation or child care needs, and may request referrals and services from the child welfare worker.

Referral Process

Referrals can be made directly to each agency by using the following referral forms:

BB Referral Form

BB serves youth residing in the following zip codes/areas:

Eastmont SSC Zip Codes: 94603, 94604, 94605, 94613, 94619, 94601, 94621

North Oakland SSC Zip Codes: 94501, 94502, 94602, 94606 thru 94612, 94614, 94615, 94617, 94618, 94620, 94623, 94624, 94701 thru 94710, 94712, 94720

Youth in Contra Costa County

TVHC serves youth residing in the following zip codes/areas:

TVHC Referral Form

Eastmont SSC Zip Codes: 94577 thru 94580

Fremont Office Zip Codes: 94536 thru 94539, 94555, 94560, 94586

Hayward SSC Zip Codes: 94541 thru 94546, 94552, 94557, 94587

Livermore Zip Codes: 94550, 94551, 94566, 94568, 94588

Staff are to submit the original referral form to BB or TVHC, depending on the zip code of the youth’s current placement.

The Parent Café program is a family strengthening and parent engagement program that has been extremely well received by the community, both among participants and the agencies involved. Parent Cafés are built around a set of structured conversations on issues important to parents. Parent Cafés bring together parents, guardians and caregivers in a safe, supervised setting where core skills of listening without interrupting, sharing without judgment and mutual support of fellow community members facing similar challenges as parents are encouraged and promoted.

  • Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma fact sheets.  Produced by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, fact sheets are available to support parents and foster parents in caring for children who have been sexually abused or who have experienced another form of abuse or neglect.  The fact sheets are intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support.

          If you are age 13-20 and are pregnant, partnered with a pregnant woman, 

          and/or parenting a child, this program can help you find support, connect to

          community resources, and learn some important skills to improve your family's

          future.  Please find more information on the STEP flyer.  If you have any

          questions you can call your Teen Librarian at 510-615-5726 or email

  • TIPS - information to support parents visiting with their children who are in foster care.  From RISE magazine.

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Placement Stabilization

  • Mobile Response Team: The Mobile Response Team (MRT) is set up to respond to situations where a youth is in crisis and the caregiver or parent needs immediate on-site support to avert a psychiatric hospitalization, de-escalate a crisis and/or stabilize ,and salvage a placement. See the OPG for referral information.
  • Project AWOL is a service provided by the STAT program of WestCoast Children's Clinic to assist the Department in providing support to dependents whose placement is not stable. Eligible clients are dependents who are:
    1. Currently AWOL from placement
    2. Have recently returned from an AWOL episode, or
    3. Have had 3 or more placement changes within 1 year

See the AWOL Youth page for referral and other information.

  • WestCoast Children's Clinic's 7-day Notice Services Program: The 7-Day Notice Program is a service designed to:
    1. Provide a quick response and support to both child, youth and caregiver when a 7 Day Notice is given
    2. Determine what resources the child, youth and caregiver may need to maintain the placement
    3. Intervene with the child, youth and caregiver to maintain placement stability
    4. If the placement cannot be maintained, to support the child, youth and caregiver in transitioning the child or youth to a new placement in as healthy and positive way possible
      • Click here for more information about the program.
        seven day notice

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Pregnancy & Support

  • Birth Professionals of the Bay Area: offers Doula (Midwife) Services for  pregnant and parenting women in foster care and emancipated foster youth to the age of 21.  Services are provided through Birth Professionals of the Bay Area. The Director is Samsarah Morgan, and Doula Services can be scheduled with her at 510-595-5545. Services cover pre and post partum services including child birth education, nutrition evaluation, child development education, family life coaching, labor and birth support, lactation education, breast feeding support, communication issues, and positive parenting support. This service is offered by ILSP
  • See Tubercio Vazquez Health Center (TVHC) in Parenting section

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Psychotropic Medications

  • A guide from the Children's Bureau written for youth in foster care that looks at ways to handle powerful feelings and behaviors and make healthy choices. Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care.  The guide includes information for teens about psychotropic medications on the following subjects: recognizing when help is needed; your rights and who can help; considering options; making a decision; and maintaining treatment.

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  • Reunification: Bringing Your Children Home From Foster Care - This fact sheet for families provides a general overview of the reunification process, including what parents can expect while their children are in foster care, what they can do to help their children return home, and what to expect after children return home. Resources to help families during and after reunification are also included.

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Here are just a few resources offering research on child welfare related topics and program/service effectiveness.

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Resource Parents - General Resources

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Sexually Exploited youth (CSEC)

  • Girls Court is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month in Department 401 with our Presiding Juvenile Judge, Trina Thompson presiding and every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month in Department 404 with Judge Tara Desautels presiding.
  • WestCoast Children's Clinic,C-Change, Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors provides mental health screening and assessment, clinical case management, psychotherapy and advocacy to youth who are at risk of, engaged in, or have a history of sexual exploitation. We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth to explore and accept alternatives to street life. C-Change clinician’s and case managers provide community-based, intensive strategies to address stabilization needs and trauma-focused therapy. We work collaboratively with child welfare workers and the youth’s foster family, group home or guardian. Clinicians also provide training about the mental health needs of sexually exploited minors. 

    For more information, please contact Adela Rodarte @ 510-517-9835. To make a referral, please use the WestCoast referral form and fax to 510-269-9031 ATTN: Intake. 

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Substance Abuse and Treatment

Other Programs

  • Addiction Program /Father Alfred Center: The Father Alfred Center’s year-long work-structured program empowers men with no income or resources with the tools to overcome addiction, and the support to establish productive and healthy lives. The multi-program access available through St. Anthony’s own services is rare in the field of recovery, and allows the speedy assessment and resolution of clients’ medical, legal, vocational and educational needs, most or all of which have been affected profoundly by their cycles of poverty and addiction.
  • Alameda County Young Adult Opioid Initiative - includes the development of the Opioid and Other Drug Awareness Toolkit. This toolkit was developed to assist advocates and providers who serve young adults in extended foster care to identify, have conversations with, and refer to treatment, young adults who are misusing substances or are at risk of developing substance use disorders.
  • Alameda Family Services CFS clients, both youth (12-18) and adults, may be referred for 90 minute drug group counseling sessions.  Additionally, anger management classes are available.  There is a one-time intake fee of $20.  Medi-Cal is accepted.  Please contact Jennifer Wu, Psy.d at 510-629-6367, for more information.
  • Detox Center:A Social Model, non-medical detoxification center specifically designed for those individuals who may need 24-hour monitoring for a safe withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs.
  • East Bay Community Recovery Center: An outpatient clinic specializing in co-occurring treatment, and are now accepting referrals for youth who have Medi-Cal (ages 11 18) and their families. The youth must have some level of mental health and / or substance abuse issues and an interest in outpatient treatment. Some parents might qualify for the adult program if they meet the criteria, however, as this is not one of our contracted Agencies or one we use through BHC, please make sure they qualify through homelessness, CalWORKs or Medi-Cal if referring.
  • Friendship House: An inpatient, 90 day recovery program in Oakland. Individual/group counseling, 12-step, case management, and more is included.  To qualify must be a California resident, pregnant/post partum within the last 12 months, have a California ID, and negative TB test results.  Contact Anika Johnson, Intake Coordinator, at 415-865-0964 x. 4004. For other locations or additional information, visit

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Telephone Service

  • Assurance Wireless, part of Virgin Mobile, offers free wireless telephone service from their California Lifeline Assistance Program.  The program provides 250 free voice minutes and 250 free text messages per month.  A free phone is also available until 6/6/13. To qualify an individual must
    • meet income requirements (up to $24,700 annual income for household of 1-2 people) or
    • be participating in any of these programs: Medi-Cal, SSI, CalFresh, WIC, TANF, CalWORKs, and others.  See their website for more info. 
  • California LifeLine Program: a state program that provides basic home phone service at a discount to eligible households.  See their website for more information. To qualify an individual must
    • meet income requirements (up to $24,700 annual income for household of 1-2 people) or
    • be participating in any of these programs: Medi-Cal, SSI, CalFresh, WIC, TANF, CalWORKs, and others.  See their website for more info. 

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Transition Age youth

  • Alameda County Independent Living Program (ILP) is a program designed to support youth transitioning from the foster care or juvenile justice system to independent living by focusing on education, employment, and life skills training. For more information visit their website and/or call 510-667-7696.
  • REACH Ashland Youth Center: a new youth center in the Ashland area. They are specifically targeting youth in the San Lorenzo/Ashland area, however, all Alameda County youth are welcome to take advantage of their services. The center has a dance studio, art studio, health and wellness clinic, daycare, cafe, career development center, and much more! Youth aged 11-24 can be members at no cost. REACH will be open Monday – Friday 11 AM – 8 PM.
    16335 E. 14th Street, San Leandro
  • Beyond Emancipation: primary provider of services for former foster youth, such as housing, education and employment.
  • California Homeless Youth Project (HYP) website: Get information and a range of policy resources on unaccompanied homeless youth, with a focus on young people in California. Check out our project publications. Homeless youth speak out! Visit the Video Wall featuring short interviews with young people who have experienced homelessness or housing instability, including our featured video: The Street Through My Eyes: A Guided Tour. Also, check out the latest HYP Special Topic Report which explains why Attachment Theory is essential to understanding homeless youth.
  • Cal Independent Scholars Network (CISN) at UC Berkeley provides support and resources to incoming freshman, transfer, and continuing students who are former foster youth or orphaned, and certified independent by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. By providing individual support, guidance, and resources, CISN facilitates these students’ academic progress and personal development, and promotes the realization of their educational and career goals.

    CISN collaborates with the Financial Aid Office to determine student eligibility, and then students are invited to participate in the program. Visit the website to learn more, or contact Program Coordinator Deborah Lowe Martinez at; 510/642-6151).

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  • Civicorps Corpsmember Academy is the only high school and job training program for students aged 18-26 in Oakland that grants a high school diploma to its graduates. They provide an educational program that will help overcome any previous learning difficulties and experiences that may have caused the youth to drop out or not to receive a high school diploma. In addition the youth will be part of meaningful paid job training through public service projects involving restoration of natural wildlife habitats, building and maintaining trails, creek restoration, maintaining waterways and improving public parks.

  • DetermiNation - Black Men's Group  is recruiting young Black men ages 16-24 to join our next year-long cohort, launching Wednesday July 5th with an open house and BBQ for new members. DetermiNation is a brotherhood and healing circle for transitioning-aged African American young men who are formerly-incarcerated or who have been near or involved in the ‘street life.’ The group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm. Members are given a small stipend for attending each session. 
    • MENTORSHIP & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Receive mentorship and coaching to pursue individual life-goals (such as employment, career, or educational goals, wellness goals, housing goals, etc.). We have discussions, workshops, and special guest presentations on topics like mass incarceration, street intellectualism, African traditions and culture, healing, non-violent communication, personal finances and much more. 
    • MEDIA PRODUCTION TRAINING: Learn about media production to further develop skills for creating short films (multimedia journalism), music, posters, online graphics, websites, etc. Receive training and support with producing and distributing media produced as part of this training, and receive small stipends for travel and food when participating in media production trainings/events outside of weekly sessions, as well as paid contracts for completing major media projects.
    • SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Participate in leadership training and get involved in local and statewide social justice campaigns. Meet bi-monthly with a group of youth leaders to plan and organize events, and receive stipends (travel & food per diem), as well as paid contracts for organizing events.
          • Paid Opportunities:
            • stipends for travel & food for attending sessions
            • stipends for travel & food when participating in working groups
            • paid contracts for producing media and/or organizing social justice community events


          • If you or some one you know would like to join DetermiNation please fill out the online interest form and attend the open house BBQ, Wednesday July 5th at 6pm at United Roots (2781 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA). If you have any questions please contact Dr. Prince White at

You can also have Prince and some DetermiNation members speak to your organization or youth that you believe would be a good fit. 

To find out more about DetermiNation please visit:

  • Drop-in Center Directory: Included in this Directory is a list of drop-in centers serving Transition Age Youth (TAY) organized by county, as well as a resource section that includes mental health crisis lines, youth advocacy programs, and other mental health resources.
  • Educational and Training Vouchers (ETVs) for Current and Former Foster Youth: ETVs are grants, funded by the federal government and administered by the states, awarded to eligible current and former foster youth to help pay for college, career school, or training.  The ETV Program is intended to serve
    • youth who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18,
    • youth who were adopted or under kinship guardianship at age 16 or older, and
    • young adults ages 18–21 who have aged out of the foster care system.
  • Fred Finch Youth Center’s Transitions Program provides mobile mental health services for youth and young adults, ages 15.5-21. The Transitions Program provides individualized mental health services and clinical case management to youth transitioning into adulthood. The services can begin prior to the youth leaving foster, residential, or family care and can continue until age 21. Young adults can also enroll in Transitions after emancipation to help with potential challenges such as homelessness or pursuing educational goals. We recommend you consider Transitions services for any youth whose mental health symptoms (anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings, trauma-related symptoms, interpersonal/familial conflicts, or voices/delusions) interfere with their ability to identify or pursue their goals for themselves.

The program assists youth to resolve or cope with their symptoms, as well as to create a long-term support system to make progress toward meeting their personal goals. Participants must be residents of Alameda County and have full-scope Medi-Cal. One unique feature about Transitions is that counselors meet participants in the field to provide counseling utilizing a strength-based, client-driven modality. If participants prefer meeting at an office, we have one office at ILSP and another at the FFYC campus in Oakland.

To initiate a referral, please contact:

DeVera Jackson-Garber, MFT, at the Transitions Program, phone number 510-667-7811, fax 510-667-7609, or with the youth’s name, date of birth, and Medi-Cal number or Social Security number. OR use referral form.


  • GROW Oakland is a 12-week culinary arts job training program that provides an introduction to the food service industry and opportunity to earn a California Food Handler Certificate.  Youth involved in this interesting opportunity leave quite proud of their accomplishments and have a tangible skill to use as they seek sustainable employment.  GROW Oakland is looking to recruit 15 youth for the upcoming cohort.  They are looking for young adults who have an interest in the culinary field and want to develop their culinary skills and professional skills.  If you know of someone that is interested, please have them complete the attached GROW application and submit all applications via fax, mail, or drop it off with Courtney Ralph, Education and Employment Coordinator with Beyond Emancipation.  

    Application Process:

    • Submit application via fax, email, or in-person.  Please note youth will be contacted when their application has been received.
    • Attend the Pre-employment Readiness Sessions: (dates vary based on GROW cohort) *requirement for all participants*
    • The next cohort will begin the program Monday, March 14th.

    Eligible youth are:

  • Ages 17.5 to 23 ** age limit increased from 21.
  • Current or former foster or probation youth
  • Resident of Oakland
  • Available during the times above
  • Interested in learning new skills to prepare for meaningful work in the culinary field

If you have a youth does not meet all the eligibility requirements but is interested in the program, the youth should contact Courtney Ralph to discuss options.  Courtney can be reached at (510) 667-7804 or

  • is a non-profit that offers a FREE membership program for discounts and deals at over 60,000 national and local retailers, grocery stores, health care providers (medical, dental, vision), restaurants, movie theatres, and attractions. See their website for the latest resources available; however, here is a summary: free computers and cell phones to college bound youth; academic support resources; recreational discounts, support groups and advisors, health and wellness services discounts, and basic needs assistance.  Registration is required to access these resources.
  • This program is free to transition age youth (16-21), family (foster, resource, kin, guardian, adoptive), or organization (e.g. group home, transitional housing, CASA) supporting children in foster care!
  • One service available through free haircuts (and other services) for iFoster youth, caregivers, and social workers provided by students at the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology. An appointment is required and must be booked during one of these times: Tuesday (9am-4:30pm), Wednesday (9:00am-12:00pm) and Thursday (9am-4:30pm and 6pm-9pm). When booking an appointment, make sure you mention you, the caregiver or clients is an iFoster member.  Connect with Kristine Schneller, Business Development Specialist with iFoster at (530) 550-9584 or, with questions or concerns.
  • Renaissance Scholars Program at CSUEB: Renaissance Scholars is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and graduation of former foster youth at CSU, East Bay. RS provides a variety of wraparound services and believes in the holistic support and betterment of the personal, academic, social and professional development of former foster youth.

    Some of the prerequisites for the program have changed. Applicants must meet the following prerequisites for acceptance into the Renaissance Scholars Program:

    · Must be a California resident and current/former foster youth

    · Must apply and be accepted to CSU, East Bay

    · Must qualify for and be accepted to EOP

    · Must qualify as an "independent" student under federal financial aid guidelines.

  • Resources for Youth in Transition-Under one roof there are multiple
    agencies that provide a range of services to help youth navigate through this transition.
  • SILP Readiness Program:  The SILP Readiness Program affords transition aged youth and NMDs the support of a 1:1 case manager that utilizes coaching to build the skills and relationships essential for independent living. BE case managers will meet with eligible transition aged youth and NMDs once per month and will also facilitate interactive workshops focused on budgeting and financial management, housing searches, goal setting and action planning. Child welfare workers can expect a quarterly report from the assigned BE case manager that details their youth or NMD's progress. BE case managers are also available to attend Transitional Living Conferences (TLCs) to explain their services to eligible youth and encourage their participation, so feel free to request their presence when scheduling TLCs.

  • TAY System of Care: The Transition Age Youth (TAY) System of Care primarily serves youth aged 16-24 who are Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) or
    Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI). As a result of the mental disorder the young person has substantial impairment in self-care, school functioning, family relationships, or in their ability to function in the community.  In addition, there are many other youth-based services available to meet the mental health needs of Transition Age Youth in Alameda County.
    • TAY with mental disorders seeking office-based mental health services and counseling may be referred through ACCESS by calling: (800) 491-9099
    • Youth experiencing more complex placement issues that
      go beyond office-based treatment plans may be referred
      to the TRANSITION ASSESSMENT TEAM by calling: (510) 567-8100

  • is a self-development platform supporting foster youth in making their own decisions around their life, work, education, and health.
    The organization is working to engage youth and support their positive development through multimedia approaches such as online coaching, online social connections, and interactive videos. The videos, featuring youth in and formerly in foster care as well as experts with knowledge about foster care, offer support and suggestions to help youth navigate issues such as growing their resilience, dealing with stigmas and feelings of emptiness, and building connections.
  • THP+ and THPP

    • NEW: The department has expanded its THPP services by 10 additional beds with BAYC's RAFA (Real Alternative for Adolescents) Program.   BAYC is the only approved THPP provider with EPSDT services in-house. If you have a youth that can be considered for stepping down from a GH to a THPP, please review the following criteria:  
      • Males Only  
      • Must be willing to live in North County (Oakland area)
      • Must be currently living in a group home
      • All permanency options for other types of placements have been exhausted
      • Must be attending or willing to attend ILSP classes
      • Must have the ability to live in a semi-independent environment w/ a roommate
      • Must be willing to meet on a weekly basis with BAYC staff (social worker, therapist, career & youth developer coaches) 
        • Note: If you feel like you have a male youth in a group home that you'd like to refer, please follow the department's placement procedure.
    • Rising Oaks studio apartments at Fred Finch You Center's campus.  See above for more info.
    • The referral form for THP+FC or THP+ housing with member agencies in the Next Steps Collaborative (Abode Services, Bay Area Youth Center, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, and Rising Oaks) is available here
  • Youth Uprising: a transformation center in the heart of East Oakland dedicated to community transformation powered by the leadership of youth. We achieve this mission through a three-pronged approach:
    • Personal transformation
    • System Change
    • Community Development

    Youth Uprising Winter 2012 newsletter

  • WestCoast Children's Clinic offers these programs serving Transition Age Youth. The referral form is available here. Other information is available on the EPSDT page. For referrals, please contact their Intake Department at 510-269-9043.
    • C-Change, Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors provides mental health screening and assessment, clinical case management, psychotherapy and advocacy to youth who are at risk of, engaged in, or have a history of sexual exploitation. We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth to explore and accept alternatives to street life. C-Change clinician’s and case managers provide community-based, intensive strategies to address stabilization needs and trauma-focused therapy. We work collaboratively with child welfare workers and the youth’s foster family, group home or guardian. Clinicians also provide training about the mental health needs of sexually exploited minors.
    • Foster Youth Development Program (FYDP) is designed to meet the unique needs of Transition-Age Youth in the Alameda County foster care system and to support these youth as they prepare for and navigate through emancipation. The FYDP Clinician provides individual, family and group therapy; intensive clinical case management; and collateral work with foster parents, social workers, teachers, and other adults in youths’ lives. Services may include linking to and coordinating with tutoring & vocational programs, mentoring, housing, health and independent living skills training. The goal of treatment is to prepare youth for the transition to adulthood, support youth to stabilize in placement, reduce mental health symptoms, and build a positive team of community supports.
    • Catch-21 is a specialized program serving Transition Age Youth emancipating from residential treatment programs or who utilize other intensive mental health services such as psychiatric hospitalization, therapeutic behavioral services and day treatment. Catch-21 facilitates a safe and positive transition for youth who have high mental health needs that place them at risk of negative outcomes. Clinicians provide community-based, intensive strategies to address any current need for stabilization, crisis intervention and individual trauma-focused treatment. Catch-21 clinicians assist clients in identifying and accessing resources including but not limited to: housing, employment, education, health care providers, mental health providers, substance use treatment, and community activities.

  • REFOCUS - Do you work with transition-age youth (18-20 years old), who have spent time at Santa Rita jail?  Our program, Refocus, can help these youth get back on their feet after they get out of jail, through individual therapy and clinical case management.
    • Eligibility
      • 18-20 years old, up until 21st birthday
      • Full scope Medi-Cal
      • History of being held at Santa Rita jail
    • Services Offered
      • We screen, assess, and diagnose
      • Outpatient therapy and case management
      • Assistance with employment and education goals
      • Link to other services and/or ongoing services
    • Support and Benefits
      • Reducing sentences
      • Progress reports
      • Diversion
    • Goals
      • Reduce recidivism
      • Engagement in services
      • Progress toward employment, education, and self-sufficiency

You can find the referral form here.  Please contact Jessy Ruiz, Outreach Specialist, at (510) 876-2227 or for more information.


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Alameda County Social Services
Department of Children and Family Services Online Practice Guide