For Families: Other Resources
Strong Families Yolo
Strong Families Yolo is a new website that encourages everyone to play a part in caring for Yolo children and strengthening Yolo families. Whatever our role in the community – friend, educator, business owner, parent, person of faith – there are ways we can support children and families in Yolo County.
Visit www.StrongFamiliesYolo.org today to find out how you can help make Yolo families stronger!
For Yolo County resources, call 2-1-1 or visit www.211yolocounty.com
For more information about Yolo County resources in the following areas, call 2-1-1 or visit www.211yolocounty.org.
- Crisis Services
- Disaster Response
- Employment & Finance
- Public Assistance & Benefit Programs
- Household & Hygiene (including clothing)
- Farmers’ Markets (Freshtext & Markettext)
- Children & Family
- Children & Family (including Family Resource Centers and parenting classes)
- Youth & Young Adults
- Mental Health
- Maternal Wellness
- Substance Abuse Assistance
- Legal Services
- Legal Aid
- Vital records and certificates
- Individuals with Disabilities
Resource Lists for Parents
The Yolo Family Strengthening Network (YFSN) Resource Lists for Parents have local and national resources related to parenting and child development to support you and your child. The five resource lists are organized by the Strengthening Families Framework Protective Factors. The lists are updated versions of Yolo Maternal Mental Health Collaborative Resource Lists.
- Concrete Support in Times of Need Resources
- Parental Resilience and Social Connections Resources
- Strengthening Parent-Child Interactions Resources for ages 0-5 years
- Strengthening Parent-Child Interactions Resources for ages 6-12 years
- Strengthening Parent-Child Interactions Resources for ages 13-18 years
Pregnancy and Postpartum
- Baby Center provides pregnancy information, such as pregnancy aches and pains, weight gain and nutrition, what’s safe during pregnancy and what’s not, pregnancy stages, labor and delivery.
- The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program provides supplemental food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and links with community resources. It serves low- to moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. Call 530-666-8445 (Woodland) or 916-375-6390 (West Sacramento).
- Postpartum Support International (PSI) provides information and resources about pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, including depression. It also has a warm-line, or toll-free telephone number, anyone can call to get basic information, support and resources. Warm-line messages are returned every day of the week, and they have a confidential voicemail. Call (800) 944-4773.
* Note this is not a crisis hotline and does not handle emergencies. If you are in crisis, please call your physician, 911, or one of the suicide crisis hotlines listed below.
Caring for Children
Hotlines and Local Help
- National Parent Helpline at 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) provides parents and caregivers with emotional support and refers them to services if necessary.
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). Available 24/7 and in 200 languages, the hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.
- Children’s Home Society provides referrals to local childcare and provides assistance paying for childcare for income qualifying families. Call (530) 723-5225.
- The Yolo Crisis Nursery provides safe, temporary care for children up through age 5 when parents need a place for their children while they are dealing with emergencies, or even just so that they can deal with a medical issue, an unexpected job situation, or just need a break. Services are voluntary and free. Call (530) 758-6680.
- The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program provides supplemental food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and links with community resources. It serves low- to moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. Call (530) 666-8445 (Woodland) or (916) 375-6390 (West Sacramento).
- American Academy of Pediatrics has information on healthy living, safety and prevention, family life, health news, tips and tools. It also has a section on Ages and Stages, which gives parents information on developmental stages from pregnancy to age 21.
- The Period of PURPLE Crying describes the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time and equips caregivers with strategies to soothe the baby and cope with stress.
Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) and the Yolo Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) have written many guides to help parents through stressful times and difficult situations. All guides are available in English, Spanish, and Russian at www.yolokids.org/forfamilies/
- Handling Your Child’s Challenging Behaviors at Every Age provides positive discipline tips and resources to handle challenging behaviors in babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and teenagers.
- Nurturing Children During Times of Stress: A Guide to Help Children Bloom provides tips and resources that parents and caregivers can use to promote resilience and handle stress in their children and themselves.
- Weathering the Storms: A Guide to Healthy Expressions of Emotions for Parents and Children can help parents process children’s feelings and handle emotional storms.
- Make Time for Yourself: A Self-Care Guide for Busy Parents has many self-care ideas, including ones that can be done with children.
- Talk+Play=Connect Toolkit for Families can help provide talking tips and playing ideas for every stage: baby, toddler, preschooler, school-age, and teenager.
Hotlines and Car Seat Checks
- Nationwide Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-122 offers free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator can help you find a child car seat inspection station nearest you. Certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge – and show you how to correctly install and use it.
- Injury Prevention & Control: Protect the Ones You Love—Child Injuries are Preventable has information on burn prevention, drowning prevention, poisoning prevention, fall prevention, and playground, road traffic, teen driver, bicycle, pedestrian, child passenger, sports and helmet safety.
- Parents Central from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides information about keeping your children safe on the road (e.g., car seats, teen driving, seatbelts, in and around the car).
- The Ultimate Car Seat Guide provides practical tips to keep kids safe in cars.
- Stopbullying.gov provides information about what bullying is and what it is not, the warning signs of bullying, and steps to take for preventing and responding to bullying, including how to talk to children about bullying, prevention in schools and communities, and how to support children involved.
Child Abuse and Neglect
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is available 24/7 and in 200 languages, the hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.
- Call Yolo County Child Welfare Services at 530-669-2345 or 1-888-400-0022 if you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected.
- Learn more about the symptoms of abuse and neglect of children. For warning signs of abuse and neglect, visit:
- Child Abuse and Neglect: What It Is and What to Do About It is a reporting document in English, Spanish, Russian, and Farsi, where you will learn more about the types of child maltreatment, what to do when you think a child or family needs more support, and how to make a report if you suspect that a child has been abused or neglected.
- Child Abuse Identification & Reporting Guidelines from California Department of Education
- Recognizing Child Abuse: What Parents Should Know from Prevent Child Abuse America
- Child Abuse and Neglect from American Academy of Pediatrics
- What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms from Children’s Bureau
- California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Trainings are available online for the general population, school personnel, child care providers, medical professionals, mental health & social workers, law enforcement, and clergy.
Child Sexual Abuse
- Empower Yolo Crisis Line provides crisis support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. Trained advocates are available 24/7 to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals. Call (530) 662-1133 or (916) 371-1907.
- Call Yolo County Child Welfare Services at (530) 669-2345 or 1-888-400-0022 if you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected.
- Stop It Now! works to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring. It provides information about sexual abuse, normal and concerning adult and child behaviors, tips on how to talk about sexual abuse, resources, and an email and phone helpline. For warning signs of possible sexual abuse, visit: http://www.stopitnow.org/ohc-content/tip-sheet-7
- The Enough Abuse Campaign provides information and resources to help stop child sexual abuse. The website includes prevention messages, conversation starters, red flags, what to do if you suspect sexual abuse, and actions individuals, including parents, can take to prevent child sexual abuse.
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence
Hotlines and information
- Empower Yolo provides free and confidential support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and child abuse. In addition to walk-in crisis support, emergency shelter, counseling and legal services, Empower Yolo also has a Crisis Line where trained advocates are available 24/7 to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals. Call (530) 662-1133 or
- RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It has information on sexual assault, safe and prevention, after sexual assault, and public policy and action. It also has a free, confidential National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE and offers chatting on the website as well.
Mental Health in Children
- Mentalhealth.gov provides information for parents and caregivers about warning signs of mental health struggles in children, what to do if there are concerns, and how to talk about mental health with children.
- The Children’s Mental Health website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains childhood mental health disorders, symptoms, and treatments, and has information about data and research.
- Emotional Wellness from the American Academy of Pediatrics has articles about various topics related to children’s mental health. Subjects include how to talk to children about conflict, disasters, terrorism, and school shootings; the benefits of music and yoga; and tips on how to help children handle stress.
- 60 Digital Resources for Mental Health from Social Work License Map is a comprehensive list of resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues.
Hotlines and information
- Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County has a 24-hour Yolo Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-888-233-0228 where you can get confidential, anonymous telephone counseling and referral information by trained crisis volunteers. It also as an ASK Teen Crisis Line, and School Safety Tip Lines. It also provides a Survivors of Suicide Support Group.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 skilled, trained counseling at a crisis center in your area (for Yolo County, it’s the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County). It also provides information about mental health (therapy, safety plan, coping, tragedies) and prevention (risk factors and warning signs). Call 1-800-273-8255 (in 150 languages) or talk to someone in Spanish at 1-888-628-9454.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide provides information, including warning signs, for parents, educators, and teens on teen suicide prevention.
- Youth Suicide Prevention from youth.gov provides mental health information and key resources for people wanting to know more about suicide and suicide prevention.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and its implications.
- ACEs Connection is a social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions — from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches — to help heal and develop resilience rather than to continue to traumatize already traumatized people.
- Resilient Yolo is a Yolo County group committed to educating people in Yolo County about ACEs, resilience, and trauma-informed and resilience-building practices.