Rights & Confidentiality

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Rights

All minors and young adults in foster care have sexual and reproductive health care rights. Check out the Know Your Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Rights brochure for more information.

Did you know you can use the birth control of your choice, regardless of whether your caretaker agrees or not?! Yep, your body, your choice. Learn more about all the different birth control options: Explore Birth Control Options Here.

Minors in California can consent to and obtain sexual and reproductive health care services. Visit Your Health, Your Rights for more information.

Did you know you can get out of school to attend confidential medical appointments where you can ask your doctor about your sexual and reproductive health? It’s not ditching because it’s good for your health! Find out information about birth control, condoms, emergency contraception in California at SEX etc.

Curious about your sexual and reproductive health care rights as a youth in California? Learn more about sexting, age of consent, abortion rights, sex education standards in California and much more.

Dating Rights

Every young person has the right to safe and healthy relationships. Learn what your rights are.

BreakTheCycle.org is the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24.

Learn common Warning Signs of Dating Abuse also provided here as a PDF flip book.

Learn what you can do to Help a Friend who is in an abusive relationship.

Additional information about healthy relationships can be found on the Wellness Website on the Social Wellness page

Personal Rights in Foster Care 

Do you feel like your personal rights have been violated?  Do you feel like your concerns are not being heard?  Contact the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson for assistance via email at http://www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/ or toll-free at
1-877-846-1602.

Confidentiality

Be sure to check out this summary of California Minor Consent and Confidentiality Laws which was developed by the National Center for Youth Law.

If you’re worried about your health information staying private and secure, this Keep It Confidential form may be useful.

Contact Us


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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