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SFHSA Family and Children’s Services (FCS) provides child welfare services that
promote safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families. 

Learn more about our services in the FCS Handbook for Parents and FCS Policy Manual

Request services from FCS, our partners, and other community service organizations

24-hour emergency & crisis assistance

  • Report abuse: Report suspected cases of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation to the FCS 24- hour hotline.
  • TALK line for parents: Call the Safe & Sound’s TALK Line at (415) 441-KIDS or (415) 441-5437 for support, service referrals, or just to connect with a trained volunteer.
  • Urgent response for foster families: Call Family Urgent Response System (FURS) line at (833) 939-3877. FURS also provides mobile response teams of compassionate, trained professionals who offer face-to-face support during critical moments for current and former foster youth and their caregivers.
  • Seneca Mobile Response Team (MRT):  Families living within 90 miles of San Francisco who are involved in child welfare, and for foster youth in juvenile probation and their caregivers. Eligible families can call the statewide FURS number (above) and be connected to Seneca, or call Seneca directly at (877) 305-8989.

High-quality child care

The City’s Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) provides free assistance locating and choosing early care and education. Call OECE for assistance at (415) 355-3670

Multi-service family support programs

  • Family Resource Centers (FRCs): The First 5 agency supports 26 FRCs across the City that are safe places for families to improve parenting skills. During COVID-19, FRCs remains open via telephone, email, and virtual programs to provide parenting support, information, referral, and connection for families. View FRCs providing food and diapers. View all FRCs.
  • CalWORKs: HSA’s CalWORKs families receive cash assistance and services for employment, child care, food, health insurance, mental health, housing, education, and free diapers. Email CalWORKs@sfgov.org or call (415) 557-5100.
  • Edgewood Kinship Support Network: Edgewood helps fill the gaps in public social services for kinship caregivers and the children they care for. Services include case management, parenting workshops, food, supplies, independent living skills, mental health referrals, and family activities. Email Hope Ivory at HopeI@edgewood.org or call (415) 725-0765.
  • La Raza Community Resource Center: La Raza is a community agency that serves low-income Bay Area residents by providing referrals for free services for food, healthcare, immigration, case management, and parenting and women’s support. Email info@larazacrc.org or call (415) 863-0764.
  • Seneca Family of Agencies: Seneca partners with mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice departments across California to provide wraparound services focused on enhancing youth safety, permanency, and wellbeing for vulnerable youth and families. Call (510) 654-4004.

Domestic violence

The Riley Center helps domestic violence survivors end the cycle of abuse through confidential, individualized services and support systems. Riley provides a safe and welcoming environment for all survivors of domestic violence, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status. Call (415) 757-6595 (English) or (415) 757-6490 (Spanish).

Housing

  • Parents with kids or expecting: The Homeless Prenatal Program provides housing case management, limited financial assistance, and help with finding safe housing to those who have children or are pregnant. Contact the program.
  • Young adults ages 18-24: The City’s Coordinated Entry for Youth determines housing eligibility, problem solves, and provides referrals for youth experiencing homelessness. The program is operated by Larkin Street Youth Services and Huckleberry Youth in partnership with local service organizations. See service contacts.
  • CalWORKs recipients: The CalWORKs Housing Support Program offers financial assistance and rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, hotel and motel vouchers, landlord recruitment, case management, housing outreach and placement, legal services, and credit repair. Call CalWORKs at (415) 557-5100.

Parenting support for at-risk families

  • Families with children at imminent risk of removal:  Contact Family Support Services or the Epiphany Center for intensive home-based care and support.
  • Substance abuse treatment to promote reunification: Family Treatment Court (FTC) is a voluntary, court-supervised program that promotes stable, long-term family reunification by helping parents address their substance abuse issues, improve their parenting skills, and access wraparound services. Email JPasinosky@sftc.org, or call (415) 551-5767.
  • Parent training support: The San Francisco Department of Public Health' The Parent Training Institute provides information and free resources for agencies and practitioners delivering evidence-based parenting, and for families seeking parenting support. Call (415) 255-3412.