If you have an assigned Social Worker, we recommend to first call your Social Worker with any questions you may have. If you cannot reach  your social worker, you can always ask to be connected with your social worker’s supervisor.

    Please call (805) 781-1700  to be connected with your Social Worker or their Supervisor.

    Reproductive Health Resources

    RESOURCE NAMEPHONE NUMBERDESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
    CAPSLO Health Services      

    www.thecenter@capslo.org

    705 Grand Ave, SLO

    1152 E. Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande

    544-2478

    489-4026

    CAPSLO Health Services offers comprehensive reproductive health care for men, women, and teens. CAPSLO offers pregnancy testing, contraceptives (including emergency contraception), STD testing and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, menopausal services, referral for free mammograms and yearly OBGYN exams including pap smears, breast exams and male exams.  Most services are free or low cost and based on sliding fee scale.
    SLO Public Health Department

    2191 Johnson Ave, SLO

    723 Walnut Drive, Paso Robles

    781-5500

    237-3050

    Provides low cost health services including, immunizations, child health and disability prevention programs, nutrition counseling, pregnancy and parenting support for mothers and fathers.
    SLO Public Health Department
    Nurse and Family Partnership
    788-2068Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurses. When you enroll in the program, a trained nurse will visit you in your home until your baby turns two years old.
    SLO Hep C Project

    1320 Nipomo St, SLO

    543-4372Provides support, counseling and services to SLO county residents living with Hep C.
    Planned Parenthood of San Luis Obispo

    743 Pismo St, SLO

    888-898-3806Provides low or no cost reproductive health services such as pregnancy testing, contraception, and STD testing and treatment
    Provides services such as parenting classes, support groups, and parenting resources in your community.
    SLO ALPHA

    Call for hours and locations
    Postpartum Depression Support Line

    541-3367Pregnancy and parenting support, Postpartum Depression support
    Tree of Life Pregnancy Support Center

    1329 Chorro Street, SLO

    543-6000Free Pregnancy Test, Pregnancy Support Services, Ultrasound, Community Referrals, Practical Items, Options Information all confidential. Does not provide abortions or abortion referrals.
    Lifeline Crisis Pregnancy

    1447 W. Grand Ave, Grover Beach

    481-4987Abortion Alternatives, Birth Control Information & Services, Human Services Organizations, Family Planning Information Centers.
    WEBSITE LINKWEBSITE DESCRIPTION
    Stay Teen      The goal of Stay Teen (www.Stayteen.org) is to encourage teens to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too early pregnancy and parenting. The more they know about issues like sex, relationships, abstinence, and birth control, the better prepared they’ll be to make informed choices for their future.
    Bedsider      Bedsider (www.Bedsider.org) is an online birth control support network. Their goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively.

    Reproductive Health

    Click here to download an article on dealing with pressures to have sex

    Documents & Publications

    Do you have questions about birth control, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), pregnancy, parenting or other reproductive health issues? Talking to a trusted adult is a great place to start. However, you have the right to access certain health services without your parent, social worker or caretaker’s need to be involved.

    Services you can request are:

    Pregnancy related services including accessing contraception, prenatal care and abortion.
    Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections*
    Outpatient Mental Health Services*
    HIV Counseling and testing
    Drug & Alcohol treatment
    You must be age 12 or above to access this service without adult consent.

    Post-Secondary Education – College/Vocational Training

    Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible youth between the ages of 14 and 24 have direct access to a college transition specialist; this college specialist supports youth with educational planning throughout high school and into and through the completion of a post-secondary degree or certificate program.

    Eligible youth who wish to pursue college or vocational training may receive assistance completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Eligible youth who are or were in foster care and demonstrate financial need may apply separately for the Chafee grant, which awards up to $5,000 per year.

    The Transitional Age Youth Financial Assistance Program (TAYFAP) is available to eligible foster youth, working with youth to identify and fill financial and other resource gaps that might impact the youth’s success in college or vocational training.  Youth participating in this program have a high percentage of completing their studies including pursuing advanced degrees.

    Click on button below to download the Transitional Age Youth Financial Assistance brochure.

    TAYFAP Brochure

    College is within your reach

    California Pathways to College is committed to assisting former foster youth reach their educational goals. Visit their website at CAcollegepathways.org to read more about planning for college and financial aid available.

    Find the college planning guide by clicking here

    Cuesta Community College offers a scholarship program for all San Luis Obispo County graduating seniors. Click here to find out more about the Cuesta College Promise scholarship program

    You may be eligible to up to $5,000 per year for college expenses through the Chafee grant.

    • Find out more about the Chafee grant by clicking here

    There are scholarships available from America’s College Fund for Foster Youth

    Former foster youth in San Luis Obispo County may be eligible to the TAYFAP program. TAYFAP pays for education related expenses that are necessary and that cannot be paid for by any other source such as supplies, books, fees, transportation costs, short term housing assistance etc. All requests for TAYFAP payments must be submitted on the TAYFAP request form and submitted.

    Click on either button below to download the Transitional Age Youth Financial Assistance Request Form or the Foster Youth Education Rights brochure.

    TAYFAP Request FormFY Education Rights Brochure

    You can access more information about opportunities at FosterEdConnect.org where you will find resources for scholarships, mentor programs and more.

    Housing Options for Youth

    Most youth in out-of-home care between the ages of 16 and 18 reside with a certified Resource Family. Often, this is a relative or other responsible adult who the youth knew before they were in Foster Care and who has completed the Resource Family Approval (RFA) state certification process.  Eligible youth may also consider applying for TAY housing (more information below) through their ILP case manager or social worker/probation officer.

    After a youth turns 18, they have several additional options.  Youth who agree to remain in extended foster care between the ages of 18 and 21 through Assembly Bill 12 (AB12) may be placed with a Resource Family, apply for TAY housing (more information below), or arrange for a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP).  A SILP is an approved housing option the youth arranges independently or with support of their social worker/probation officer.  Examples of approved SILP options include, but are not limited to: college dorms, staying with relatives, sharing an apartment with friends, or renting a room.

    • Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) serves youth starting at age 16 until their 18th birthday
    • Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) serves foster youth between the ages of 18 up to their 21st birthday, who voluntarily remain a Dependent of the Court as a Non-Minor
    • Transitional Housing Placement Plus (THP+ ) serves youth between the ages of 18 and 24, who were previously in foster care on or after their 18th birthday

    What is this Resource?

    The Independent Living Program (ILP) is a program designed to provide services and resources to foster and probation youth between the ages of 16-21. ILP receives funding through federal, state and county funds.

    ILP is more than just living skills.  ILP is an assistance program that offers foster and probation youth, both past and present, access to services through local organizations and agencies to help them succeed during the transition to adulthood.

    Who can use this Resource?

    • Any child in Foster Care at any time from their 14th to their 18th birthday
    • Was/are between 14 and 21 years of age and in receipt of the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment Program (Kin-Gap)
    • If a child reunified with family prior to turning age 16, the County of San Luis Obispo will continue serving the youth up to age 21 in ILP

    Click on button below to download the Independent Living Program brochure.

    Independent Living Program

    What is this Resource?

    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) mentors provide guidance to young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and request assistance. CASA Mentors work with youth on life skills including: daily living, career and education planning and money management.

    Who can use this Resource?

    Foster Youth age 21 and up

    CASA Mentors:

    respect young people
    are age 21 and up
    see solutions and opportunities
    complete 30 hours of training and 12 hours of continuing education per year
    are active, empathetic listeners
    make a 12 month commitment
    are flexible and open
    maintain regular contact with a Mentor Supervisor
    help older youth transition into adulthood

    Click on button below to download the CASA Mentor Program brochure.

    CASA Mentor Brochure

    What is this Resource?

    The Family Care Network (FCNI) Mentor Program places trained mentors with children and young adults receiving Family Care Network services to build healthy, supportive, and consistent relationships. Our mentors volunteer for 6 to 8 hours per month over a one year period in which they take their men-tees out into the community to pursue activities which are free, fun, and promote new areas for growth. These might include activities like hiking, visiting the beach, bike riding, attending local farmer’s markets, and visiting a job site or school to explore future career and educational interests.

    In addition to mentoring, FCNI also offers tutoring to clients who are in need of additional academic support. Tutors meet with students for 4 to 6 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. Both mentors and tutors are matched with their men-tees based upon factors like personality, potential client benefit, volunteer and client preference, and location.

    Who can use this Resource?

    Anyone interested in mentoring or tutoring Foster Youth.  All mentors and tutors undergo a four hour training overseen by FCNI staff and submit detailed logs of every client interaction. The initial screening process for potential mentors and tutors includes:

    Live Scan Fingerprinting
    Detailed Personal References
    In-person Interview
    DMV driving record history
    TB test
    Drug screening

    Once a month, we hold a Foster Youth Enrichment program for our resource and adoptive families. These events provide a fun, engaging, and educational activity for our foster youth and gives our families a chance to bond over a fun activity.  All children in the home are invited to attend with the resource parents.  The activities vary from rock climbing, bowling, or whale watching to painting or ceramics.  We provide these events to our families for free and as a way for them to connect with one another and the community.

    Testimonials

    Skyler, Age 9 - I liked the activities because it was nice to be around other kids that are like me. It let me know I wasn't the only one. The activities were cool too!;Rae, Resource Parent - Thank you so much for providing these monthly enrichment activities. Not only are they so much fun and interactive, but they gave me a chance to talk with other Resource Parents!

    What is this Resource?

    California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the Foster Care System through legislative, policy, and practice change.

    Who can use this Resource?

    Foster youth will be equal partners in contributing to all policies and decisions made in their lives. All youth in foster care will have their needs met and the support to grow into healthy and vibrant adults.

    Website Link: http://calyouthconn.org/

    Local Chapter Contact: sanluisobispochapter@calyouthconn.org

    Parent Partner Program

    We have a Parent Partner Program available where parents can help other parents.

    Click on either button below to download the Parent Partner Program brochure.

    Parent Partner Brochure (english)Parent Partner Brochure (spanish)

    Parent Connection

    Parent Connection provides information to assist parents in their search for resources and services that are appropriate for their family’s needs. These resources include parent coaching, workshops, support groups, and more.

    Contact: San Luis Obispo (805) 543-3700
                        North County (805) 904-1411
                        South County (805) 462-7135

    Website Link: http://sloparents.org/

    The Foster Youth Wellness Website is designed to help foster youth and the adults in their lives learn more about pursuing wellness by providing links to youth friendly wellness resources.  This website consists of a home page, eight dimensions of wellness, a crisis resource page, and a printable documents page which lists all the documents referenced throughout the website.

    The eight dimensions of wellness include physical wellness, emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, spiritual wellness, social wellness, environmental wellness, occupational wellness, and financial wellness. All website resources may be downloaded and/or printed for personal use or educational purposes by foster youth and their adult allies.

    Click on button below to open the Foster Youth Wellness website.

    Foster Youth Wellness Website

    Community Resources for Foster Youth in placement

    Click on button below to download the Community Resources document for Foster Youth.

    Community Resources

    Youth Calendar

    Each year, the Department of Social Services highlights 12 of our local youth in a calendar. The youth that participate in this calendar get to do an activity of their choice and have a photo shoot while participating in the activity. The calendar is a way for some of our youth to spend time doing an activity they have always dreamed of doing and to communicate the need for resource parents within San Luis Obispo County.

    If you would like this year’s calendar, please click Contact Us at the top row of this website and send us your request.

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