Local and National Resources



National Adolescent Health Information Center at UCSF

The goals of the NAHIC are to serve as a national resource for adolescent health information and research; and to assure the integration, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of adolescent health-related information. This is a good source for up-to-date relevant research on teens.


Child and Family Services Department Information for Alameda County provides specific information on child abuse information and reporting for families and health professionals.


Marin Advocates for Children Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) provides leadership in the prevention of child abuse through community education and training, and promotes policies and services that help support families and children. You can find information on referrals for services in Marin and get education on child abuse and neglect (diagnosis, prevention and treatment).


Family Service Agency of Marin is one of Marin’s greatest gems. FSA provides a critical safety net of caring and affordable mental health services to over 7,000 children, adults, and families each year. A fixture in Marin County for almost 70 years, FSA provides help for family members of all ages and backgrounds, including individual, family and couples counseling, addiction recovery, suicide prevention and intervention, crisis counseling and trauma intervention for children, support for elders, programs for young children, a variety of community education and a host of other vital programs. You can find out more on the website or by calling (415) 491-5700.


UC Berkeley Parents Network is simply an amazing online community with information about everything you’d ever want to know about parenting in the Bay Area…by parents, for parents.


Palo Alto Medical Foundation provides a listing of Bay Area and national crisis lines and hotlines, from suicide and self-injury to grief support and sexuality information.


Parents Place provides comprehensive, results-oriented mental health services for children, teens and their families, emphasizing prevention and early intervention. Through individual counseling, play therapy, socialization groups, family therapy and consultations to parents, Parents Place gives families access to the tools they need whenever they need them. Parents Place also provides consultation, staff training, prevention and early intervention services to licensed, early childhood programs that serve low-income children and families.


Department of Motor Vehicles Teen Web site links to Information about how to get your driver’s license and permit, as well as host of other good information on teens and driving; this is the DMV’s teen-specific website.


Kids’ Turn helps children understand and cope with the loss, anger and fear that often accompany separation or divorce. They provide education, training and groups for kids and parents separately and together.


Learning Disabilities Association of California (LDA-CA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities. Its purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral handicaps.


NAMI California is a grass roots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. We advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all our constituents. We provide leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California.


Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) provides family law attorney service in English and Spanish for domestic violence victims in Alameda County and can provide legal referrals for other areas of the country. Services are available in any language through their confidential interpreter program. They provide help with things like restraining orders, legal representation in divorce, and assistance with child custody and visitation arrangements.


Jewish Family and Children’s Services is a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds. This link provides referrals and up-to-date resources, including services related to domestic violence.


Independent Schools of SF Bay Area is an online gathering place to explore private K-12 education in the San Francisco Bay Area; they provide assistance with choosing a school for your child, and information about the admissions processes at the various schools.