Gender Studies: Sonoma County Resources



The purpose of this webpage is to provide information for Sonoma County Residents regarding adoption and abortion options, private or group counseling, community service opportunities, and resources regarding being a teen parent. The following resources provide a brief overview of the services and procedures provided in Sonoma County. Regardless of where you live and your income, there are services available to meet your needs.

Sonoma County Adoption & Abortion Resources

 Adoption & Foster homes – While there are different kinds of foster and adoption homes, a specific one this webpage will describe is Emergency Foster Homes (EFH) which cares for children up to age twelve. Children are placed in these homes after it has been found that their current living situation puts them at immediate risk. The goal is to stabilize and thoroughly reach out to each child’s needs within a 59 day assessment phase.

-During this time, a concurrent relative home for the child is identified that can provide on-going foster care while the child and the child’s family are provided services to reunite as a family. Sometimes emergency foster families care for children past this assessment phase and Emergency Foster Homes may be considered to become the child’s foster home. Concurrent families can be relatives or foster parents who provide foster care for children while reunification services are provided to the child and his or her birth parents. Then, respite care homes provide services for foster parents who may need a short-term break from caring for a child in their home for up to 72 hours.

California Foster Care and Adoption Guidelines

Abortion– There are two types of abortion in the U.S.: in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill. Abortions are very common. In fact, 3 out of 10 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old. If you are pregnant, you have options. If you are trying to decide if abortion is the right choice for you, you probably have many things to think about. Learning the facts about abortion may help you in making your decision. You may also want to learn more about parenting and adoption. If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. Below are some resources that will help in clarifying abortion assistance specific to Sonoma County:

Sonoma County: Mental/ Behavior Health



  -Verity is a non-profit organization that works with the community to eliminate all forms of violence, with a focus on sexual assault and abuse. Verity helps heal and promote prevention and education in the communities and offers group or private counseling. This non-profit organization is a useful resource and their website also gives a hotline number that you can call if you have any questions or problems. Their hotline is open 24 hours a day, including weekends, if you or someone you know have any problems. Their hotline number is (707) 545-7273.

-They provide help for all women, men, and children who have been sexually assaulted. Verity gives counseling and helps spread awareness about the problem. They help by giving therapy and support and try to help you so you won’t have, what happened in your mind. The crisis line supports people in immediate need. The crisis number can be used for many things such as sexual assault and trauma and is a great resource if you are afraid to talk to anybody else.

Verity Website:

Verity: Compassion, Safety, Support

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YWCA is another helpful resource in Sonoma County that offers counseling to teen relationship violence. Their provide a hotline that is also available 24 hours. Their hotline number is (707) 546-9922. YWCA says one of the leading causes of injury to local women is domestic violence and that it is a silent tragedy that surrounds us in Sonoma County.

YWCA: ELiminating Racism Empowering Woman


Human’s and Gender Studies Department is a program at Sonoma State University. It will be useful so people can see this program offered at this University. It is a local program which has a number of classes that focus on race, ethnicity, and sexuality. The Women’s and Gender Studies program helps understand and explain the inequalities between and among the men and women and to visualize change.

Women’s and Gender Studies Department

Community Center

The community service volunteer will be provided for everyone in Sonoma County. This program will be for anyone who wants to know about what Sonoma County has and gives to the community. The benefit of this program is that this program is a job where you learn about the community but at the same time you get paid. This program will be given to people who really need a job or want to know about the community. For example, this program will pay the volunteers $10 and up to $12. They can work from 20 hours up to 40 hours a week. This program will also give community service to students who need them to graduate high school or just want to volunteer. This program will also help enrollment students to prepare them selves for the future, there will be a class of Friday will you must go and in the class you will have people helping you prepare yourself for the future or school. This program will be only provided from ages 16 to 24. The program is made to help the community have a better place to live and to have a good and Volunteers_Shilohbeautiful community. It is involved in every activity that the community have which means that this program will be involved in every event that happens here in Sonoma county. That said, this program will do dances, parties, health center help, cleaning the community just any kind of help this program will be there to help them and support them to finish what they stared.

This community service volunteer program will provide food, drinks, and other good things while you’re working for the community and will also give food to people in need of food or shelter. This will also give benefits to the people who work and will make people more satisfied, help kids prepare them for their future, and help people here in the community support each other. The point of this program is to make this community a better place, make people feel safe, but most importantly to help each other.

Volunteer Opportunities in Sonoma County

Resources Regarding teen parents

 The Teen Parent Connection Adolescent Program is meant to help teen parents improve their health and that of their infants. The goal is total family health through promotion of nurturing parenting skills and increase self-sufficiency.

They are located at 625 5th street Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Their number is (707) 565-4440

Eligibility Requirements :

Pregnant or parenting 18 years or younger

Public Health Division

The teen parent connections/Cal-learn assists pregnant teens or teenage parents to achieve positive life changes. These include completing/furthering education, improving parent and infant health, even promoting good parenting skills.

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The referral line is 565-4440

Cal-Learn Program

Eligibility Requirements :

Pregnant or parenting under 19 of age and teens without a high school diploma receive each aid from Sonoma WORKS

The Cal-safe (California school-age Families Education) is a program that meant to help pregnant and teen parents finish high school. The pregnant and teen parents could continue their education at a comprehensive or alternate high school. The program provides child care and services to assist teen parents so they can graduate from high school.people graduating

Phone: (707) 524-2885

Address: 5340 Skyline Boulevard Santa Rosa, CA 95403 

California School Age Families Education

Eligibility Requirement:

for parent and parenting high school students

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-base nurse home visiting program. They service low-income, first-time mothers. Visits begin during the first or second trimester of pregnancy and continue until the child’s second birthday. The programs outcome includes family improvements in health, education and economic self-sufficiency.


Address: 625 5th street Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Phone : ( 707)-565-4440

 Nurse-Family Partnership


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