Resources for Caregivers, Mentors, Social Workers, and Probation Officers

Your Health Your Rights provides teens and adults living in California information about their sexual and reproductive health care rights. Resources and videos include common questions and information about birth control, emergency contraception, access to medical services, and your rights at school. California law requires schools to excuse students for confidential medical appointments such as those related to sexually transmitted infection testing, sexual assault treatment, pregnancy, contraception, and abortion. The website is in English and Spanish and was developed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California and ACCESS Women's Health Justice.

Kaiser Permanente offers a Health and Wellness webpage that provides a wide range of information related to reproductive and sexual health care topics:

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Teen Parent is a website created for foster caregivers and pregnant and parenting teens living in foster care. This website covers a wide variety of topics from shared responsibility plans, talking about teen violence, understanding LGBTQ youth terminology, and much more!

Talk With Your Kids promotes family communication about sex, healthy relationships, and provides some frequently asked questions.

Talking about periods? Be Prepared Period is a guide to all things menstrual and a great source for healthy period products, menstrual resources, and support.

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Talking About Sexuality in Canadian Communities (TASCC) is a comprehensive website that provides a venue for parents, caregivers, and service providers to access current resources and information that reflects best practice in sexual health education. TAASCC is a platform for online training and offers practical tools and strategies for working with high risk youth and youth with disabilities.

Power to Decide, formerly known as The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy produces a wealth of information and material on many topics surrounding sex education and interventions, what parents should do and say to help their child avoid teen pregnancy, and making the connection between teen pregnancy and youth in the child welfare system.

Power Through Choices is an innovative sexuality education and skill-building curriculum designed with and for youth living in foster care to help reduce risks related to teen pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections.

Sexual Development and Behaviors in Children, provided by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, is a resource tool for parents and caregivers that informs on common sexual behaviors in early childhood and middle-aged adolescents. The site provides helpful information on how to educate and respond to children about various sexual issues. An additional article worth reviewing is An Overview of Health Childhood Sexual Development.

Sexual Health Educator (SHE) Training Program is an educational and capacity-building opportunity for California educators working with youth in school, community, and clinical settings who desire to build their sexual health knowledge and education skills. The modules, developed and/or vetted by experts in the field of sexual health at the CA Department of Public Health, STD Control Branch, provide training on the basic content areas in sexual health and aims to address some of the skills needed to provide comprehensive sexual health education in the classroom. The required courses are free and most electives are free. People who successfully complete the program’s required and elective modules, will receive a SHE Training Program Certificate of Completion .

Education, Training, and Research (ETR) is a nonprofit, science-based organization that works to improve the physical, social, and emotional health of individuals and families by offering high-quality informational publications and training resources.

Making Proud Choices! is an evidenced-based 8-module curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of STDs, HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex.

Making Proud Choices! (Youth in Out-of-Home Care)is a 10-module curriculum designed to empower in-care adolescents with greater knowledge and self-respect that will encourage them to protect themselves against unintended pregnancies and HIV/STD infection.

Bedsider.org is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by Power to Decide, formerly known as The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Hear real stories from men and women who share their experiences with the different methods of birth control.

Young Men Play an Important Role in Pregnancy Prevention- read more about why initiatives to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy should include young men.It's important that both young women and men are actively involved in pregnancy planning and prevention efforts.

The Technical Support Program of the Community Care Licensing Division offers resource guides to licensees as tools to help achieve and maintain compliance with licensure requirements.The following resource guides are intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in foster care:

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Permanency Policy Bureau
Placement Services & Support Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-13-66
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-1858
SexualDevWorkgroup@dss.ca.gov

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