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Child Care + Family Services

We can help you access free and low-cost child care, parenting and training support groups, and classes on pregnancy and breastfeeding. You can also find information on the foster care system, and on how to become a foster parent or adoptive parent.

Help Finding Quality Child Care

HSA's Office of Early Care and Education, in partnership with the Children’s Council of San Francisco and Wu Yee Children’s Services, helps ensure families have access to free assistance locating and choosing early care and education services. Families receiving assistance through CalWORKs may also qualify for for free or low-cost child care. 

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Resource and Referral Agencies

Resource and referral agencies help parents, providers, and communities find, plan for, and provide affordable, quality child care.

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CalWORKs Child Care

Child care services are provided from the time of application and throughout your time participating in the CalWORKs program.

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Family and Children's Services

HSA Family and Children’s Services (FCS) administers child welfare, foster care, and other services to address child abuse and neglect, and increase the well-being of children and families. Contact us report child abuse and neglect. You can also view our FCS Staff Directory and our most recent FCS Policy Manual.

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Family Services for FCS Clients

FCS provides an array of services to families to help them maintain a safe home for their children.

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Adoptions and Permanency

FCS supports children and youth who cannot be safely returned home, and helps connect them to a permanent family.

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Become a Foster Parent

San Francisco’s foster youth need families from all backgrounds.

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Resources for Foster Youth + Young Adults

FCS partners with community agencies to provide services to meet the unique needs of current and former foster youth.

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Other Resources

These resources are available to all San Francisco parents and families; you do not need to be an FCS client.

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Parenting Help

FCS is partnered with several community-based organizations to assist parents in obtaining support to strengthen their parenting capacity.

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24-Hour Crisis Line for Parents

The TALK Line (415-441-KIDS) is a crisis and counseling line for parents that is answered by a live person 24 hours a day, every day.

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Family Resource Centers

Family Resource Centers provide parents with a range of support services such as child care, counseling, parent education, mentoring, case management, and other activities.

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First 5 San Francisco

Programs for early childhood development, family strengthening, and other support services.

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Toy Lending Library

The Toy Lending Library offers age-appropriate toys, books, videos, and more available to borrow for free or at low cost.

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Early Care and Education

The Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) helps ensure access to high-quality early care and education for all children. By coordinating resources and consolidating services, OECE is intended to maximize resources, improve policy coordination, and streamlines the City's investments in early care and education services.

OECE is one of HSA's three main departments and currently maintains its own website, which you can visit here.