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Housing/Shelter
Affordable Childcare
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Child Support
Essentials  (food pantries, financial assistance, household wares, vouchers, etc)
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Putative Father Registry
Adoption Law/Revocation
End An Adoption Plan
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Medical

medical

National

Federally Qualified Health Care Centers- Directory

National- prescription discount card- Coast2Coast

National- vision care- One Sight

Statewide

Statewide- free clinics- Directory

County/City

Bakersfield- medical and dental- Bakersfield Homeless Center

Berkeley- medical- The Suitcase Clinic

Fairfield- medical respite- Mission Solano

Fresno- medical and dental- Holy Cross Clinic

Los Angeles- medical- Covenant House

Merced- medical respite- Merced County Rescue Mission

Modesto- medical- Modesto Gospel Mission

Oceanside- prescription assistance- Brother Benno’s

Palo Alto- medical- Opportunity Services Center

Pasadena- medical- Housing For Health

Petaluma- medical- COTS

Redding- medical, dental, medical respite- Good News Rescue Mission

Salinas- medical, mental health- Dorothy’s Place Health Clinic

Sacramento- medical- Hope Clinic

San Clemente- prescription assistance- Family Assistance Ministries

San Diego- limited medical- County Medical Services

San Diego- medical & dental, all ages- Family Health Centers of San Diego

San Diego- medical respite- San Diego Rescue Mission

San Francisco- City Team

San Francisco- medical- UCSF Homeless Clinic

San Jose- Medical & Dental clinic- City Team

San Rafael- medical & dental- Ritter Center Health Center

Santa Monica- medical- OPCC

Simi Valley- medical & dental assistance- The Samaritan Center

Sonora- medical- Project Hope

Stockton- medical respite- Gospel Center Rescue Mission

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Housing/Shelter

Housing

National

National- Affordable Housing

National- CoAbode

National- Low Income Apartments

National- search rooms to rent- Spare Room

County/City

Arroyo Grande (seasonal shelter)- Good Samaritan Shelter

Bakersfield- Bakersfield Homeless Center

Barstow- Desert Manna Homeless Shelter

Barstow- New Hope Village

Bay Point- Love A Child Missions

Bell- Bell Shelter

Berkeley- Berkeley Food & Housing Project

Brentwood- Shepherd’s Gate

Camarillo- RAIN Communities

Carlsbad- Interfaith Community Services

Chico- Catalyst Domestic Violence Services

Chico- Esplanade House

Chico- Torres Shelter

Coachella- Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

Daly City- Family Crossroads

Daly City- LifeMoves

Escondido- Interfaith Community Services

Fairfield- Mission Solano

Fair Oaks- Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home

Fort Bragg- Hospitality House

Fresno- Evangel Home

Fresno- Fresno EOC

Fresno- Poverello House

Garden Grove- Thomas House Family Shelter

Glendale- Ascencia

Grass Valley- Hospitality House

Hayward- FESCO

Hayward- Ruby’s Place

Hemet- Valley Restart

Jackson- Amador Tuolumne CAA

Ladera Ranch- Laura’s House

Lancaster- Valley Oasis

Lompoc- Good Samaritan Shelter

Long Beach- Lydia House

Los Alamitos- Precious Life Shelter

Los Angeles- Covenant House

Los Angeles- Elizabeth House

Los Angeles- Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission

Los Angeles- Good Shepherd Center

Los Angeles- Los Angeles Mission

Los Angeles- PATH Services

Los Angeles- The Midnight Mission

Los Angeles- Upward Bound House

Los Angeles- Weingart Center

Madera- Madera Rescue Mission

Manteca- Hope Ministries

Marina- Community Homeless Solutions

Menlo Park- Haven Family House

Menlo Park- LifeMoves

Midway City- American Family Housing

Milpitas- HomeFirst

Modesto- Haven Women’s Center

Modesto- Modesto Gospel Mission

Newhall (seasonal shelter)- Bridge to Home

North Hollywood- LA Family Housing

Northridge- San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

Oceanside (seasonal shelter)- Bread of Life Rescue Mission

Oceanside- Interfaith Community Services

Orange- Family Promise

Palo Alto- LifeMoves

Palo Alto- Opportunity Services Center

Pasadena- Centennial Place

Pasadena- Euclid Villa

Pasadena- Marv’s Place

Pasadena- Union Station Homeless Services

Petaluma- COTS

Placentia- His House

Porterville- Family Crisis Center

Redding- Good News Rescue Mission

Redwood City- LifeMoves

Redwood City- Redwood Family House

Richmond- Bay Area Rescue Mission

Riverside- Path of Life Ministries

Sacramento- Next Move

Sacramento- Resources for Independent Living

Salinas- Women Alive

San Bernardino- Time for Change Foundation

San Bernardino- Veronica’s Home

San Clemente- Family Assistance Ministries

San Diego- PATH Services

San Diego- San Diego Rescue Mission

San Diego- YWCA

San Francisco- Compass Family Services

San Francisco- Hamilton Families

San Francisco- MSC-South

San Francisco- Navigation Center

San Francisco- Raphael House

San Francisco- Episcopal Community Services

San Jose- Family Supportive Housing

San Jose- Georgia Travis House

San Jose- Heritage Home

San Jose- House of Grace

San Jose- LifeMoves

San Jose- PATH Services

San Jose- Villa

San Luis Obispo- CAPSLO

San Mateo- First Step for Families

San Mateo- LifeMoves

San Rafael- Ritter Center

Santa Ana- Mary’s Path

Santa Ana- Mercy House

Santa Barbara- PATH Services

Santa Cruz- Homeless Services Center

Santa Cruz- River Street Emergency Shelter

Santa Maria- Good Samaritan Shelter

Santa Monica- OPCC

Santa Rosa- California Human Development

Santa Rosa- The Rose

Sonora- Amador Tuolumne CAA

South Bay- Casa De Los Angelitos

Stockton- New Hope Family Shelter

Stockton- Stockton Shelter

Thousand Oaks- Many Mansions

Tracy- McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter

Turlock- Turlock Gospel Mission

Tustin- Orange County Rescue Mission

Upland- Foothill Family Shelter

Upland- Pacific Lifeline

Vacaville- Opportunity House

Vallejo- Christian Help Center

Venice- St. Joseph Center

Ventura- The Salvation Army

Ventura- The Tenderlife Maternity Home

Victorville- Victor Valley Domestic Violence Inc.

Visalia- Visalia Rescue Mission

Vista- Operation Hope Vista

Vista- Solutions For Change

Watsonville- Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Whittier- First Day

Whittier- Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter

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Affordable Childcare

National

National- extended hours- Care.com

Nationwide Directory- Childcare Center

Statewide

Statewide- California Head Start Association

County/City

Bakersfield- Discovery Depot

Fresno- Fresno EOC

Napa- CANV Kids

Riverside- Path of Life Ministries

San Diego- YMCA Alternative Payment Program

San Francisco- Compass Children’s Center

San Jose- Voyager Child Development Center

Venice- St. Joseph Center

Watsonville- Encompass Community Services

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State Programs

Programs Explained: Terms

ACA Marketplace

CalWORKS TANF

Child Care Assistance

CHIP

Energy Assistance LIHEAP

HUD

Job Corps

Lifeline Program

Medicaid

National School Lunch Program

Section 8 Housing

SNAP

TEFAP

Tribal TANF  (for American Indians and Alaska Natives)

Unemployment Insurance

WIC

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Crisis Centers/Baby Items

Crisis

National

National- baby item discounts- Amazon Family

National- free baby items- Buy Nothing Project

National- diapers- Cloth For All

National- free formula samples & coupons- Enfamil

National- free samples- Everyday Family

National- National Diaper Bank Network

National- one time free formula sample- Nature’s One

National- trade baby items/clothes- Rehash

National- cloth diapers- Share the Love

National- rewards program- Similac

Statewide

Statewide- free baby items- Freecycle

County/City

Alameda County- diaper bank- Help a Mother Out

Bakersfield- baby clothes- The Mission at Kern County

Brentwood- baby & maternity clothes- Birthright

Carlsbad- food assistance, laundry, showers, mail, emergency services, etc.- Interfaith Community Services

Concord- baby & maternity clothes- Birthright

Contra Costa County- diaper bank- Help a Mother Out

Dublin- diaper pantry- Child Care Links

Fresno- diapers- Holy Cross Center for Women

Lancaster- diapers, baby food, formula- Grace Resources

Livermore- diaper pantry- Child Care Links

Marin County (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience  before pursuing adoption material)- maternity and infant clothing, layettes, etc.- Marin Pregnancy Clinic

Marin County (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before pursuing adoption material)- baby items- The Gabriel Project

Pleasanton- diaper pantry- Child Care Links

San Clemente- diapers, formula, baby care items- Family Assistance Ministries

San Diego- diaper bank- San Diego Food Bank

San Francisco County- diaper bank- Help a Mother Out

San Francisco County- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before pursuing adoption material)- baby items- The Gabriel Project

San Jose- diapers- City Team

San Jose- clothing- Sacred Heart Community Service

San Jose- clothing closet- Santa Maria Urban Ministry

San Lorenzo- baby & maternity clothes-  Birthright

San Marcos- diaper bank- North County Food Bank

San Mateo County- diaper bank- Help a Mother Out

San Mateo County- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before pursuing adoption material)- baby items- The Gabriel Project

Santa Clara County- diaper bank- Help a Mother Out

Santa Rosa- bottles, diapers, baby clothing, strollers, etc.- The Living Room

Sonoma County- Help a Mother Out

Stockton- car seats, play pens, diapers, formula, comprehensive assistance, etc.- Stockton Shelter

Sunol- diaper pantry- Child Care Links

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Child Support

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Essentials

essentials.

National

National- babysitting, errands, carpooling, meal swaps, etc.- Babysitter Exchange

National- feminine hygiene- Cloth For All

National- backpack program- Feeding America

National- food bank directory- Feeding America

National- trade clothes- Rehash

National- rent assistance directory- Rent Assistance

National- job search for moms- The Mom Project

National- rideshare- Zimride

Regional

Silicon Valley- rent & deposit assistance, energy assistance, bus pass, grocery assistance, clothing vouchers, etc.- The Salvation Army

County/City

Bakersfield- clothing, daily meals, household items- The Mission at Kern County

Barstow- daily meals- Desert Manna Homeless Shelter

Berkeley- daily meals- Berkeley Food & Housing Project

Coachella- daily meals, meal vouchers, clothing- Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

Concord- rental & deposit assistance- Shelter Inc.

Costa Mesa- daily meals, showers, laundry, mail, clothes, etc.- Lighthouse Outreach Ministries

Davenport- food pantry- Davenport Resource Service Center

Escondido- food assistance, showers, laundry, mail, emergency services, etc.- Interfaith Community Services

Fairfield- showers, daily meals- Mission Solano

Fort Bragg- food bank- Fort Bragg Food Bank

Fresno- food distribution- Fresno EOC

Fresno- clothing, laundry, showers, etc.- Holy Cross Center

Fresno- daily meals- Poverello House

Garden Grove- financial assistance, vouchers, childcare assistance, etc.- Thomas House Family Shelter

Hemet- daily meals, rental assistance- Valley Restart

Jackson- food bank, utility assistance, etc.- Amador Tuolumne CAA

Lancaster- food pantry, meals, winter wear- Grace Resources

Long Beach- daily meals, clothing- Long Beach Rescue Mission

Los Angeles- showers, daily meals, laundry, etc.- Covenant House

Los Angeles- daily meals- Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission

Los Angeles- daily meals, food baskets, clothing, showers, etc.- Los Angeles Mission

Los Angeles- central location of multiple social service providers- The PATH Mall

Marin County- (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before pursuing adoption material)- transportation assistance, financial assistance- The Gabriel Project

Marina- showers, laundry, etc.- 12th Street Day Center

Martinez- rental & deposit assistance- Shelter Inc.

Merced- mail, clothing vouchers- Merced County Rescue Mission

Napa- food pantry network with multiple locations- CANV Food Bank

Oakland- daily meals, showers, clothing, hygiene, food packages, school supplies, etc.- City Team

Oceanside- daily meals, food pantry, clothing, toiletries, blankets, bicycles, etc.- Bread of Life Rescue Mission

Oceanside- daily meals, food boxes, clothing, showers, hygiene, laundry, transportation assistance, rent & utility assistance, etc.- Brother Benno’s

Oceanside- food assistance, showers, laundry, mail, emergency services, etc.- Interfaith Community Services

Orange- daily meals, clothing- Mary’s Kitchen

Palo Alto- rental & utility assistance, clothing, toiletries, etc.- Opportunity Services Center

Petaluma- daily meals- COTS

Redding- hair cut vouchers, laundry, daily meals, clothing, household items, etc.- Good News Rescue Mission

Richmond- daily meals, food pantry, clothing, furniture, household items, etc.- Bay Area Rescue Mission

Salinas- daily meals, showers, laundry, clothing, mail, etc.- Dorothy’s Place

San Bernardino- Clothing Closet, Food Pantry, Showers, Daily Meals- Mary’s Mercy Center

San Bernardino- bus passes, rent & utility assistance, etc.- Time for Change Foundation

San Clemente- transportation assistance, utility assistance, clothing, hygiene, food baskets, etc.- Family Assistance Ministries

San Diego- Resource Listings- 2-1-1 San Diego

San Diego- one-time assistance for various needs- Nice Guys

San Diego- food bank/assistance- San Diego Food Bank

San Diego- cash assistance- San Diego County

San Diego- 30 nonprofit and community partners providing supportive services at one address- The PATH Depot

San Diego- transportation assistance- Travelers Aid

San Francisco- daily meals, food boxes, clothes, hygiene- City Team

San Francisco- rental assistance- Compass Family Services

San Francisco- daily meals, mail, laundry, showers- United Council of Human Services

San Francisco County (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before pursuing adoption material)- transportation assistance, financial assistance- The Gabriel Project

San Jose- Food boxes, Daily meals, Clothes, Diapers, Hygiene items, Furniture- City Team

San Jose- daily meals, food assistance- Loaves and Fishes

San Jose- food pantry, clothes, rent & deposit assistance, etc.- San Jose Community Service

San Jose- clothing closet, food pantry, etc.- Santa Maria Urban Ministry

San Luis Obispo- minor home repair, energy efficiency- Community Action Partnership

San Luis Obispo- showers, laundry, bus tokens, mail, etc.- Prado Day Center

San Marcos- food bank/assistance- North County Food Bank

San Mateo County (refers for adoption//please read Voices and Experience before pursuing adoption material)- transportation assistance, financial assistance- The Gabriel Project

San Rafael- food pantry, laundry, showers, mail, etc.- Ritter Center

Santa Maria- daily meals, food pantry, clothing- Central Coast Rescue Mission

Santa Rosa- Redwood Empire Food Bank

Santa Rosa- daily meals, mail- The Living Room

Simi Valley- mail, transportation assistance, dog food, laundry, meals, rental assistance, etc.- The Samaritan Center

Sonora- utility assistance, hair cuts, household items, food, clothing, etc- Interfaith Community Social Services

Stockton- clothing, household items, furniture, etc.- Gospel Center Rescue Mission

Stockton- clothing, hygiene items, transportation assistance, etc.- Stockton Shelter

Turlock- clothing- Haven Women’s Center

Turlock- daily meals, pet food & veterinarian assistance- Turlock Gospel Mission

Tustin- daily meals, food boxes, clothing, etc.- Orange County Rescue Mission

Venice- food pantry, showers, laundry, mail, daily meals, etc.- St. Joseph Center

Visalia- daily meals- Visalia Rescue Mission

Watsonville- rental assistance program- Community Action Board

Whittier- hygiene, clothing, rent/utility assistance, bus/gas vouchers, mail, etc.- First Day

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Support Groups

National

National- CoAbode

National- Meetup

National- Parents Without Partners

National- Single and Parenting

National- Single Mom

National- The Life of a Single Mom

County/City

San Jose- Sacred Heart Community Service

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I don’t see my city?

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Putative Father Registry

There is no Putative Father Registry at this time.

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Adoption Law/Revocation

Private Adoption: The agreement may not be signed by either the birth parents or the prospective adoptive parents until the time of discharge of the birth mother from the hospital.

Agency Adoption: The relinquishment shall be signed before a representative of an agency licensed or otherwise approved to provide adoption services under the laws of the relinquishing parent’s state of residence whenever possible or before a licensed social worker on a form prescribed by the department, and previously signed by an authorized official of the department, county adoption agency, or licensed adoption agency, that signifies the willingness of the department, county adoption agency, or licensed adoption agency to accept the relinquishment.

Private Adoption revocation, the birth parent or parents signing the consent shall have 30 days.

Agency Adoption: The agency shall inform the birth parent that during this time period he or she may request that the relinquishment be withdrawn  and that, if he or she makes the request, the relinquishment shall be withdrawn. The relinquishment shall be final 10 business days after receipt of the filing by the department.

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End An Adoption Plan

If you are looking for help in severing your relationship with an adoption facilitator:

Saving Our Sisters

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Pay It Forward

If you have been a recipient of help, you know firsthand how essential volunteers and/or donations were to your success. Please consider volunteering for or donating to any of the vital organizations on this page.
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