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Handbook 22: DFCS Resource Guide
22-7 Resource for LGBTQ Youth

 

DFCS Resource Guide
22-7  Resources for LGBTQ Youth
Reference Points
Overview
Counseling
Domestic Violence
Families
Health
HIV/AIDS Testing
Hotlines
Housing
Legal Issues
Related Youth Centers
School Issues
Spirituality
Transgender Issues


Reference Points
Effective Date: 1/1/10
Last Updated: 8/22/12


Overview  

This resource list represents only some of the many agencies and services that are supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth.  Every attempt has been made to assure that these groups are supportive and/or provide specific services for sexual minority youth.

It is the policy of Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services to respect, support, and nurture each individual foster child’s total development, including issues of sexual identity.  To this end, DFCS recognizes that special placement, disclosure/privacy, court, and licensing approval considerations are intrinsic to appropriately serving LGBTQ youth.

 

Click here for a print out version of the LGBTQ Resource Guide.

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Counseling  

Alum Rock Counseling Center                               Office: (408) 294-0500

1245 E Santa Clara St.                                              Hotline: (408) 294-0579

San Jose, CA 95116

www.alumrockcc.org

 

Amy L. Caffrey, LMFT                                           Office: (408) 871-1397

80 Gilman Ave., #32

Campbell, CA 95008

Specializes in working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals, couples, and families.

www.therapywithamy.org

 

Bill Wilson Center                                                Office: (408) 243-0222

3490 The Alameda

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Bill Wilson has emergency drop-in housing for youth 11-17.  Outpatient counseling is also offered if the person qualifies for this service.  www.billwilsoncenter.org

 

Family and Children’s Services                             Office: (408) 292-9353

950 Julian St.

San Jose, CA 95126

Family and Children’s Services is a private, non-profit human services agency serving individuals, couples, and families throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  The agency offers a wide variety of comprehensive, affordable counseling, education, and prevention programs and has collaborations with local schools, community based organizations, county providers, and corporations.  Offers a full range of mental health services to gay/lesbians/bisexual individuals, couples and households.

www.fcservices.org




Lindsay Smith, LCSW                                            Office: (408) 772-7052

315 University Ave.

Los Gatos, CA 95030

Specializes in teens and substance abuse. 

www.losgatosteentherapy.com

 

The Centre for Living with Dying                         Office: (408) 243-0222

1265 El Camino Real, Suite 208

Santa Clara, CA 95050

The Centre for Living with Dying program provides emotional support to adults and children facing life threatening illness or the trauma of having a loved one die.  The Centre also provides crisis intervention services and broad-based educational programs on grief and loss.  Whether clients choose individual counseling or grief groups, they are gently given tools for coping with loss and trauma.  The Centre also provides family counseling and group counseling for children, teens and adults.  www.billwilsoncenter.org/services/all/living.html

 

The LGBTQ Youth Space                                      Office: (408) 343-7940

452 S. First St.

San Jose, CA  95113

Offers confidential counseling to LGBTQ youth ages 16-24.  Counseling drop-in hours are Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Services are available for eligible youth and young adults covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare, and major insurance carriers, as well as those who are uninsured.  However, they will not turn anyone away.

www.youthspace.org

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Domestic Violence  

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence                   Hotline: (408) 279-2962

                                                                                         Office: (408) 501-7550

Offer crisis intervention, peer counseling, emergency assistance, emergency shelter, assistance with temporary restraining orders, housing referrals and counseling.  Special services for lesbian and gay victims of domestic violence.  www.nextdoor.org

 

Support Network for Battered Women                             Hotline: (800) 572-2782

Offer 24 hour crisis line, crisis intervention, peer counseling, emergency assistance, emergency shelter, assistance with temporary restraining orders, housing referrals and counseling.  Special services for lesbian victims of domestic violence.

www.supportnetwork.org/

 

Break the Cycle                                                           Hotline: (888) 988-TEEN

Available 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Empowering teens to end domestic violence.

www.breakthecycle.org/

 

National Domestic Violence Hot Line                    Hotline: (800) 787-3224

 

CUAV – Community United Against Violence            Crisis: (415) 333-4357

Office: (415) 777-5500

Services are provided in English and Spanish.  The crisis line services are provided in any language.  CUAV is a multicultural organization working to end violence against and with the LGBTQ community.  CUAV offers a 24-hour confidential multilingual crisis line, free counseling, legal advocacy, and emergency assistance.  www.cuav.org

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Families  

COLAGE – Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere         Phone: (415) 861-KIDS

COLAGE is the only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered parents.  The offer support and advocacy, and have groups, activities, trips, pen pals, a national conference, a newsletter publication for kids, information and resources, and more.  www.colage.org

 

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)  Phone: (408) 270-8182

PFLAG is a monthly support group open to parents, spouses, siblings, and friends of lesbians and gays.  San Jose meetings take place at United Church of Christ at 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose, CA on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Gilroy meetings are provided as needed.  www.pflagsanjose.org

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Health  

Dimensions                                                           Phone: (415) 487-7589

3850 17th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Comprehensive health services for LGBTQ youth.  Drop-in or make an appointment, open from Thursdays 5:00-8:00 p.m.

http://dimensionsclinic.org/

 

Health Initiatives for Youth                                    Phone: 415-274-1970

235 Montgomery Street, Suite 430

San Francisco, CA 94104

Provides resources and training to young people about health and wellness, including zines which discuss and challenge common notions about HIV, queerness, health and gender. www.hify.org

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HIV/AIDS Testing  

The Crane Center                                                         Office: (408) 792-3720

976 Lenzen Ave., Room 1800

San Jose, CA 95126

The Crane Center is a Santa Clara County unit that provides free HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases testing (parental consent is not needed if age 12 or older by appointment).

The Crane Center

 

Planned Parenthood                                                        Office: (408) 277-0777

Planned Parenthood health centers offer high-quality sexual and reproductive health care, including family planning, gynecological care, STI/STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and abortion services.  www.plannedparenthood.org 

 

Billy DeFrank Center                                                      Office: (408) 293-3040 x 119

938 The Alameda

San Jose, CA 95126

HIV testing available three times per week by walk-ins and appointment.  www.defrankcenter.org

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Hotlines  

GLBT National Help Center                                Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. Services are free and confidential. They speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more! They also maintain the largest resource database of its kind in the world, with over 18,000 listings. Their database contains information on social and support groups, as well as gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups and more. They also have information on GLBT-friendly businesses including lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals.  www.glnh.org  

 

California Youth Crisis Line                                             Hotline: 1-800-843-5200

The California Youth Crisis Line is a statewide, toll free, 24-hour, confidential phone line available to young people between the ages of 12-24, and concerned friends and family members. CCY provides crisis intervention counseling on many issues including family problems, sexual assault, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, suicide and more. CCY offers support, encouragement, and referrals to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations.  www.youthcrisisline.org

 

The Trevor Project                                                        Hotline: 1-866-488-7386   

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.  www.thetrevorproject.org

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Housing  

Bill Wilson Center                                                Office: (408) 243-0222

Bill Wilson has emergency drop-in housing for youth 11-17.  Outpatient counseling is also offered if the person qualifies for this service.   www.billwilsoncenter.org

 

Community Solutions                                        Office: (408) 779-2113 or

Different locations are found in Gilroy and Morgan Hill     (408) 842-3118

Provides a comprehensive spectrum of prevention, intervention, treatment, residential and housing services to the communities of South Santa Clara County, south San Jose, and San Benito County. 

http://communitysolutions.org/

 

 

Emergency Housing Consortium (EHC)     24 hour hotline: (408) 298-2660

31 N 1st Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Hours: Drop in center: Monday-Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 4-8 p.m.  Overnight shelter: Monday-Friday, 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. – 9 a.m. 

 

 

The Ark House                                                   Office: (415) 861-6130

A 15-bed residence for LGBTQ young adults in San Francisco; stays of 3 to 6 months.

www.arkofrefuge.org

Rape Crisis Center  -  YWCA of Silicon Valley           Office: (408) 287-300 or

                                                                                               (650) 493-7273

The YWCA helps residents of Silicon Valley to minimize the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault by providing a 24-hour crisis hotline, immediate crises counseling and assistance, information, and referrals and accompaniment services to medical, police, and court facilities.  Their goal is to minimize the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault and to promote safety, freedom from abuse, and unrestrained mobility for everyone in our community.

www.ywca-sv.org/programs/rape_crisis_center.php

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Legal Issues  

Lambda Legal (Western Regional Office)               Office: (213) 382-7600

Legal information and assistance with sexual orientation related and HIV/AIDS related discrimination. 

Mondays — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays — 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Call 213-382-7600 and ask for the Help Desk.   www.lambdalegal.org

 

Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY)           

Office: (408) 293-4790    

Represents minors in legal matters such as guardianship and emancipation.  www.lawfoundation.org

Transgender Law Center                                      Office:(415) 865-0176

870 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

www.transgenderlawcenter.org 

National Center for Lesbian Rights                      Office: (415) 392-6257 

870 Market St., Suite 570

San Francisco, CA 94102                                                      

Offers free legal information and support for youth who suffer abuse at home, school or psychiatric institution. 

www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer

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Related Youth Centers  

AQUA (Asian Queer and Under 25)               Office: (415) 292-3420 x315

Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center

730 Polk St., 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94109

Retreats, workshops, peer education program, and drop-in support social group for young queer Asian/Pacific Islanders. www.apiwellness.org/youth.html

 

Girlz Alliance                                                Phone: (510) 357-5515 x37

Girls Inc. of Alameda

13666 E 14th St.

San Leandro, CA 94578

Teenage lesbian, bisexual and questioning female support group meets Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm.

 

The LGBTQ Youth Space                                      Office: (408) 343-7940

452 S. First St.

San Jose, CA  95113

Offers confidential counseling to LGBTQ youth ages 16-24.  Counseling drop-in hours are Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Services are available for eligible youth and young adults covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare, and major insurance carriers, as well as those who are uninsured.  However, they will not turn anyone away.

www.youthspace.org


LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center)  Office: (415) 703-6150

127 Collingwood St.

San Francisco, CA 94114

LYRIC is a community center for LGBTQ youth which offers comprehensive services for youth 23 and under.  Please see their website for more information.  www.lyric.org

 

The Outlet Program                                                       Office: (650) 965-2020 x22

711 Church Street

Mountain View, CA 94041

LGBTQ youth services program in Mountain View.  Provides counseling & community, leadership training & advocacy, and outreach awareness.  www.projectoutlet.org 

 

SMAAC Youth Center (Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County)  Office: (510) 834-9578                                                      

1608 Webster Street                                                                              

Oakland, CA 94612   

SMAAC Youth Center serves youth (primarily ages 14-24) drawn throughout the City of Oakland, Alameda County and the Bay Area.  The Center targets LGBTQ youth of color.

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School Issues  

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)       Office: (212) 727-0135 GLSEN is an educational advocacy organization that works to make schools safer and more inclusive for LGBT students and staff.  www.glsen.org

 

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)                                                           

Gay Straight Alliance Network is a youth led organization that connects school based Gay Straight Alliances to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development and training.  www.gsanetwork.org                                                                                                                                                  

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Spirituality  

First Congregational Church of San Jose           Office: (408)377-7121

1980 Hamilton Ave.

San Jose, CA 95125

www.firstccsj.org

 

Dignity San Francisco                                            Office: (415) 681-2491             

@Seventh Avenue Presbyterian  

1329 Seventh Ave.  

San Francisco, CA

Social/support activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Catholics.  

www.dignityusa.org                                                                                                                                         

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Transgender Issues  

TransYouth Family Advocates (TYFA)      Info: 1-888-462-8932                    

Parents, family, friends and caring adults are dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the medical and cultural challenges faced by children with gender variant and gender questioning identities and the families who love them. www.imatyfa.org

 

Gender Spectrum                                  Office: (510)567-3977

Raising children who do not fit neatly into male or female boxes brings a wealth of questions and uncertainties. Here you will find information and support to assist you in your search for answers. Also take a look at our Resources section and the Ways We Can Help.

www.genderspectrum.com

Trans Family                                          Info: (216) 691-4357                TransFamily is a support group for transgendered and transsexual people, their parents, partners, children, other family members, friends, and supportive others.  www.transfamily.org

 

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