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Where Do You Go?  

Developed from resources available through CommunityScience.com, HealthyCity.org and FreeTheChildren.com.

Think about all the places you go. Where you live and where you go each day. School, after-school activities, the doctor, a store you like to get something to eat at, meetings you have to go to, people you like to see, where you go when you want to get away from it all. Think too of things you like to do for fun, things you are good at or interested in. Places that make you feel alive and free to be you. Write them down in any order, however they come to your mind. Try to capture as many as places as you can think of.  

Once you have a list, add them to the Places You Go table. Rate them for yourself. Add +’s for any places that give you energy or hope, where you feel safe, or that are helpful to you in some way even if they are challenging. Later, you can add in the location for future reference. That way you can find it on your own if you ever want or need to.

Dial 211 for Local Community Services  
If you are looking for help from community services in your area, just dial 211. This three-digit shortcut number will connect to a local call center that can provide you with information and referrals to health clinics, shelters, food and clothing, support groups, counseling, financial assistance, legal services, and more. You can also find community resources through the website www.211.org.

What Resources are in Your Neighborhood?  
Check out this map of California Youth Development, Education, Health and Community Services(created using HealthyCity.org tool) and zoom in to the area where you live to find out the resources near you. The map shows the locations of youth centers, summer employment programs, farmer’s markets, health clinics, art and music programs, volunteer opportunities, clubs and sports leagues, cultural centers, churches, recreation program, and more.

Community, Culture + Social Life Plan
Use this tool to help you identify the ways you are currently connected to your community (activities, social groups, volunteering), what type of resources are available to you, and what your community connection goals are as you transition into adulthood.  


Need Help Now?


California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
Connecting youth to trained counselors and local services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Your Life Your Voice1-800-448-3000

Crisis Text Line: send text to 741 741 


Quick Links

Foster Youth Wellness Home
Physical Wellness 
Emotional Wellness
Intellectual Wellness
Spiritual Wellness
Social Wellness
Environmental Wellness
Occupational Wellness
Financial Wellness

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Know Your Rights!

If you have questions about your rights or need help with other issues while you are in foster care, contact the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson.

Foster Care Ombudsperson
1-877-846-1602 (toll-free helpline)

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