Family Paths

Family Paths Family Paths, Inc. promotes the development of nurturing, responsible and resilient families within our diverse communities. Our 24-hour counselors refer families to our programs and to more than 900 community resources. Call 1-800-829-3777.
Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health, counseling and therapy services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families. We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability. Family Paths has offices in Oakland and Hayward. Oakland office phone number is 510-893-9230.
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Family Paths is a welcoming and inclusive agency dedicated to strengthening family relationships by providing mental health treatment and supportive services with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope. It is important to us that every client feels welcome and safe, and that they receive treatment in a non-judgmental fashion. We are a caring service agency that is willing to go the extra mile to support each other and our clients. We acknowledge that our clients come to us with many strengths and we begin work where they are in order to reach their desired goals. We know there is more than one path to reach a goal and we are here to support that journey. We define a “parent” as anyone who emotionally and physically protects and is raising a child, regardless of biological ties. We know that each parent who seeks support from Family Paths is affected by their socio-economic context, and we value diversity in family structure. We are committed to serving all families, including traditional and non-traditional. This includes families that are multiracial, foster families, LGBTQIA families, single parents, and kinship caregivers. We acknowledge that many of today’s families look different from traditional family structures and we recognize the particular needs and strengths of all families. History Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health, counseling and therapy services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families. We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability. We have served the mental health needs of Children and Families since 1972, and today we offer services from offices in Oakland, Hayward and Fremont. These services include a 24-hour Family Support & Resource Hotline, a 24-hour Foster Parent Advice Line, Emergency Respite Child Care, CalWORKs Case Management, and Positive Parenting Classes. We also provide counseling for infants, children, adolescents, adults and families.

Mission: Family Paths strengthens family relationships by providing mental health treatment and supportive services with Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Hope.

From GreatSchools.org  “Eighth graders are going through an enormous amount of grief. The most important thing you can d...
05/27/2020
Your 8th grader's life in the time of coronavirus | GreatSchools.org

From GreatSchools.org “Eighth graders are going through an enormous amount of grief. The most important thing you can do is to talk honestly about what they’re going through.”
If you need help talking to your teen or need to blow off some steam, give our Parenting Stress Helpline a call at 1-800-829-3777 any time day or night.
https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/8th-graders-life-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/?utm_source=newsletter_gbg_8&utm_medium=email&utm_content=052620.4

What do school closures and quarantine mean for your 8th grader? A sense of loss and a need for empathy, support, and some parental social distancing.

05/26/2020
#the1person

Sheltering in place is good for curbing the spread of coronavirus, but not for preventing child abuse. Watch this video and see how any and all of us can be more aware and vigilant in keeping the children in our communities safe. Be that one person! If you suspect child abuse, call the Alameda County Children's Protective Services at 510-259-1800. #childabuseprevention

https://youtu.be/7z-OOyzIaD0

COVID-19 is forcing people to physically distance and stay at home. For some children, this is a scary reality as home is not always a safe place. Dr. Michel...

From Motherly:"First of all, let's just acknowledge the obvious: There's no such thing as "just taking a break" right no...
05/23/2020
3 strategies to try when work + parenting collide under quarantine

From Motherly:
"First of all, let's just acknowledge the obvious: There's no such thing as "just taking a break" right now, not for parents. Taking a walk, calling a friend or hopping in a bubble bath is not always the solution." This article provides some great ideas to create clear transitions between roles of parent and employee, engaging in self compassion and savoring those rare REAL breaks. https://www.mother.ly/work/parenting-and-working-under-quarantine

Fact: Parents can't take a break right now. Here's what we CAN do.

#FPParentTip As school winds down and summer begins, and this living with #coronavirus restrictions continues, let them ...
05/22/2020
How Reading Science Fiction Can Build Resilience in Kids

#FPParentTip As school winds down and summer begins, and this living with #coronavirus restrictions continues, let them read science fiction. In it, young people can see themselves—coping, surviving and learning lessons—that may enable them to create their own strategies for resilience. Better yet, find a Sci-Fi book to read WITH your child. Grandparents, aunties and uncles can also do this remotely! #MentalHealthWeek #MentalHealthMonth #MHM20 #parenting #parentingtips

Science fiction and fantasy gets a bad rap—but recent research suggests it can help kids bounce back from adversity.

#MentalHealthWeek From The Greater Good Science Center:"For 100 years, developmental scientists have studied how familie...
05/21/2020
Will the Pandemic Have a Lasting Impact on My Kids?

#MentalHealthWeek From The Greater Good Science Center:

"For 100 years, developmental scientists have studied how families and children respond to disasters, manmade and natural. From the Great Depression to Hurricane Katrina, from 9/11 to wars and historic migrations, we’ve learned a few things about resilience." Click to read some important steps caregivers of children can take to reduce the stress in our children, because overexposure can have lasting negative effects. #MHM20 #MentalHealthMonth

Research on wars, natural disasters, and other crises reveals how to protect our children’s mental health.

#MentalHealthWeekRoutines help organize our days into patterns and make it easier to get things done without having to t...
05/21/2020
Mental Health Month

#MentalHealthWeek
Routines help organize our days into patterns and make it easier to get things done without having to think
hard about them. Explore how you can create a healthy routine this #mentalhealthmonth using #tools2thrive:
mhanational.org/may. #mhm20

May is Mental Health Month 2020: Tools 2 Thrive

1 in 5 people will experience a #mentalhealth condition, yet everyone experiences challenging times that affect their me...
05/21/2020
Mental Health Month

1 in 5 people will experience a #mentalhealth condition, yet everyone experiences challenging times that affect their mental health. There are #tools2thrive that every person can use to help those who are struggling. Learn more: mhanational.org/may. And our Parenting Stress Helpline is available 24 hours a day to Alameda County parents who need immediate support by calling 1-800-829-3777. #mentalhealthmonth #mhm20

May is Mental Health Month 2020: Tools 2 Thrive

#MentalHealthAwarenessMonthWhat do these things have in common? • Owning your feelings • Finding the positive • Connecti...
05/20/2020

#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
What do these things have in common?
• Owning your feelings
• Finding the positive
• Connecting with others
• Eliminating toxic influences
• Creating healthy routines
They’re all #Tools2Thrive that support strong #mentalhealth. Learn more at https://mhanational.org/mental-health-month. #mhm20

Strong Families Alliance  of Alameda County member La Familia Counseling Service will be adminstering relief funds to Ha...
05/20/2020

Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County member La Familia Counseling Service will be adminstering relief funds to Hayward residents. Thx for posting Alameda County Social Services Agency.

Applications are now open for $500 cash grants to Hayward residents who have lost income as a result of COVID-19 and who are not eligible for state unemployment insurance and federal relief programs.

Grants will be funded by the Hayward Community Relief Fund and administered by the nonprofit organization La Familia Counseling Service by lottery.

The application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese at: https://bit.ly/2LJGiqI

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Subvenciones en efectivo de $500 disponibles para los residentes de Hayward que no son elegibles para recibir ayuda del gobierno y que han sufrido pérdidas financieras como resultado de COVID-19.

Aplica hoy: https://bit.ly/2LJGiqI

#HeartoftheBay

#MentalHealthWeek  Are the kids in bed? Why not try ending your day with some simple yoga poses to help you de-stress fr...
05/19/2020
6 simple yoga poses you can do anywhere - Thrive

#MentalHealthWeek Are the kids in bed? Why not try ending your day with some simple yoga poses to help you de-stress from the distance learning, fights about chores, work interruptions, and more. Plus these can be done anywhere, any time, so take some time for yourself! #MHM20 #parenting #parentingtip #yoga #mentalhealthmonth
https://thrive.kaiserpermanente.org/thrive-together/live-well/6-simple-yoga-poses-you-can-sneak-into-busy-day?wt.tsrc=email_pih&cat=2b

Sitting too much? Here are a few simple yoga poses to try that will keep your body moving and energy flowing throughout the day.

#MentalHealthMonth From Kaiser Permanente Thrive:“More and more teens are aware of mental health as a real issue they fa...
05/18/2020
Find your words: How to talk about mental health with a child - Thrive

#MentalHealthMonth From Kaiser Permanente Thrive:
“More and more teens are aware of mental health as a real issue they face in their daily lives,” says Michael Torres, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Mental Health and Wellness Center in San Leandro, California. “It’s vital that all of us who support young people are equipped to talk about mental health issues.” Read this article to learn some tools for having these types of conversations with your kids. #parenting #FPParentTip #mentalhealthweek #MHM20

It’s never too early to talk about mental health. Here’s how you can help a young person with their emotional well-being.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Now more than ever we need to find moments of relaxation in our everyday life. You can start ...
05/18/2020
Need quick ways to relax and de-stress throughout the day? - Thrive

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Now more than ever we need to find moments of relaxation in our everyday life. You can start by practicing mini relaxation techniques. These quick techniques from Kaiser Permanente Thrive can be done throughout the day — helping you to de-stress. #parenting #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #MHM20

Need to unwind but don’t think you have the time? Sometimes all you need is a few minutes and the right relaxation techniques.

On Monday, 5/18, 5:30-7:00pm, join Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson for a Virtual Town Hall on Parental Stress Dur...
05/15/2020

On Monday, 5/18, 5:30-7:00pm, join Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson for a Virtual Town Hall on Parental Stress During a Pandemic, featuring Kim San Gabriel, AMFT and our Family Support Program Coordinator. Also on the panel are Mary Jayne Sims, Ph.D Psychological Services UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Carla Keener, Director of Programs, First 5 Alameda County.
ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.us/j/96138800139

As we continue to shelter in place, it is a good time to check-in with parents to talk about their stress and the mental health impacts on children, as well as share advice for coping and resources available to help. JOIN US!

Thank you, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for promoting Family Paths' Parenting Stress Helpline during a zoom webinar from O...
05/14/2020

Thank you, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for promoting Family Paths' Parenting Stress Helpline during a zoom webinar from Oakland Starting Smart & Strong on Early Childhood and COVID-19. Our helpline counselors are available 24/7 to take calls about every day parenting stress and the additional stresses brought on by sheltering in place. Alameda County parents can call 1-800-829-3777 for support, for help finding community resources, and to schedule regular call backs. Call any time! #parenting #parentlife #coronavirus #shelterinplace #COVID19

It’s #MentalHealthMonth and we’re sharing #Tools2Thrive – different tools from Mental Health America that can help every...
05/14/2020
Mental Health Month

It’s #MentalHealthMonth and we’re sharing #Tools2Thrive – different tools from Mental Health America that can help everyone make small changes that have a big impact on your #mentalhealth. Want to learn more and download the free #Tools2Thrive toolkit? Visit mhanational.org/may. #mhm20 #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

May is Mental Health Month 2020: Tools 2 Thrive

#FPParentTip Trying to work at home while sheltering in place with our children is its own special kind of stress. As pa...
05/14/2020
Turn Your Demanding Child Into a Productive Co-Worker

#FPParentTip Trying to work at home while sheltering in place with our children is its own special kind of stress. As parents, we often feel like we need to provide some sort of entertainment so we can get some work done. "Slowly, day-by-day, 4-year-old Rosy’s behavior vastly improved, not just during our writing sessions, but afterward, as well. She demands way less of my attention, and by 4 p.m., I am no longer mentally exhausted."
Read this from The New York Times for some tips on how to make work-time coexist with parenting, and if you need some additional support, you can call our 24-Hour Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777. #mentalhealthmonth #mhm20 #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #parentingtips #parenting #parentinglife #COVID19 #coronavirus #shelterinplace #worklifebalance

All it takes are a few lessons from global cultures that raise remarkably cooperative and generous kids.

From Common Sense Media: How do parents protect kids' mental health during this uncertain and scary time? This article h...
05/13/2020
How to Protect Kids' Mental Health During the Pandemic

From Common Sense Media: How do parents protect kids' mental health during this uncertain and scary time? This article has some good tips, including Just Be... "Honestly, all your kids really need from you right now is to be their parent. You don't have to be superhuman. Emotional support goes a really long way toward helping kids feel safe, secure, and loved. School, friends, good news—it'll all come back in time."
Alameda County parents can always call our Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777 if you need immediate support with your parenting skills or your own well-being as you take care of your kids, or if you need some community resources. Call 24 hours a day.
#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #parenting #parenthood #covid19 #coronavirus #mentalhealth
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-protect-kids-mental-health-during-the-pandemic?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

New activities and ideas for supporting kids who miss their old lives and are stressed from all the bad news. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

#FPParentTipsIn honor of Mental Health Month, some of the top parenting experts and influencers opened up about their ch...
05/13/2020
8 Proven Techniques for Parents to Prioritize Their Mental Health During This Crisis

#FPParentTips
In honor of Mental Health Month, some of the top parenting experts and influencers opened up about their challenges and the solutions that are helping them cope during this time. Read on to relate, be inspired, and find comfort knowing you’re not alone. And, as always, if you are an Alameda County parent in need of immediate support, or a weekly call back from a trained counselor ready to offer a friendly ear, live support and community resources, call our Parenting Stress Helpline any time, day or night at 1-800-829-3777.
#parenting #parentingtips #parentinglife

Start by giving yourself permission to not be a full-time teacher.

#Mentalhealthawarenessmonth From The Greater Good Science CenterAccording to Rick Hanson, psychologist and neuroscience ...
05/12/2020
How Our Brains Can Find Peace in a Crisis

#Mentalhealthawarenessmonth From The Greater Good Science Center

According to Rick Hanson, psychologist and neuroscience expert, the coronavirus crisis is exposing some of our psychological vulnerabilities, and reminding us how important it is to nurture our social and emotional strengths.

Read more in this article, and if you need immediate social connection, support and resources, call our Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777 any time, day or night.

Psychologist Rick Hanson discusses how to strengthen our capacity for wisdom, peace, and enlightenment.

Trauma Transformed
05/12/2020

Trauma Transformed

FREE therapy for SF Bay Area frontline workers impacted by COVID19. Over 500 clinicians to choose from are available here: https://tinyurl.com/y7xwow7q
#wegotyou #frontlineheros #essentialworkers #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #frontlineworkerscounselingproject

#MotherhoodMonday  From NPR:"When these women lean on others, such as friends and co-workers, they are more likely to ma...
05/11/2020
Moms Of Teens Can Benefit From Social Support, Just Like New Moms

#MotherhoodMonday From NPR:
"When these women lean on others, such as friends and co-workers, they are more likely to maintain warm relationships with their kids," says Melissa Lippold, lead author of the study that indicates that social support isn't just valuable for mothers of young children, it's beneficial for moms of teens, too.

Alameda moms and mother figures, if you need some support around raising your teen or any of your kids no matter their age, call our Parenting Stress Helpline at 1-800-829-3777 today. We are here for you.

Social support networks can help mothers of teenagers navigate through difficulties and maintain closeness with their children, researchers have found.

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05/11/2020

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May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth and here is some info from Mental Health America about the signs of anxiety and how t...
05/08/2020

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth and here is some info from Mental Health America about the signs of anxiety and how to manage it during this time of COVID-19. If you're an Alameda County parent and your anxiety starts getting the better of you, or you have a child who is showing signs of anxiety and you don't know how to help them, give our Parenting Stress Helpline a call at 1-800-829-3777 and one of our counselors can help.

Thank you Help Me Grow Alameda County for posting this great Zero to Three article and the shout out to our Parenting St...
05/07/2020
Sheltering in Place: An Emotional Rollercoaster

Thank you Help Me Grow Alameda County for posting this great Zero to Three article and the shout out to our Parenting Stress Helpline. Alameda county parents, call 1-800-829-3777 when your emotions get the best of you during this time, our counselors are here to listen and support.

Many of us are experiencing a flood of emotions as coronavirus spreads to our cities and neighborhoods.

Thank you KQED for sharing our number as a resource for preventing child abuse and for supporting parents during these a...
05/06/2020

Thank you KQED for sharing our number as a resource for preventing child abuse and for supporting parents during these acutely stressful times! From KQED's article: "The best way to stop abuse is to get help before things get worse, said Kristin Mateer, executive director of East Bay Children's Law Offices. Most outreach programs and family resource centers have temporarily moved online and are checking in with families via phone, email and video conference, she said."

If you need help with parenting stress during this time, call our Parenting Stress Helpline 1-800-829-3777

https://www.kqed.org/news/11815627/social-workers-alarmed-by-steep-drop-in-bay-area-child-abuse-hotline-calls-during-pandemic

Family Paths's cover photo
05/06/2020

Family Paths's cover photo

#GivingTuesdayNow may be over but our Board Match and Spring Campaign are still going strong! There is still time to sup...
05/06/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow may be over but our Board Match and Spring Campaign are still going strong! There is still time to support Family Paths mental health treatment and supportive services such as our online parent education, telehealth for families, parents, and children, and our Parenting Stress Helpline! Check out our website to see all the different and customizable ways to donate to the Board Match and Spring Campaign! https://familypaths.org/how-to-help/donate/

Thank You for Supporting Family Paths on #GivingTuesdayNow! Your donations support our programs and services for all Ala...
05/06/2020

Thank You for Supporting Family Paths on #GivingTuesdayNow! Your donations support our programs and services for all Alameda County Families, Parents, Caregivers, and Children! It is not too late to give, and help us reach our Board Match, stay tuned for more opportunities and stories of success, impact, and innovation here at Family Paths as we continue to support and serve our community. Until then, THANK YOU!

Juan Cuba, Parent Educator and Fatherhood Specialist, is teaching our Positive Parenting Education Class Online! Thanks ...
05/06/2020

Juan Cuba, Parent Educator and Fatherhood Specialist, is teaching our Positive Parenting Education Class Online! Thanks to this online platform, Juan is able to connect with parents and address their priorities as they start focusing on connecting to their communities, other parents, and resources for support during COVID-19. In his class, he breaks down how parents can empower themselves through education on their child's needs and development, focus on their self-care, set goals for the future, and develop strong support systems!

Family Paths' is proud of the strides our clients make and the innovations of our staff during COVID-19 to provide stabi...
05/05/2020

Family Paths' is proud of the strides our clients make and the innovations of our staff during COVID-19 to provide stability, concrete connections, and support in the community. Our B.O.O.S.T. Team (Building Opportunities and Outreach for Support and Treatment) works with CalWORKs clients to prepare them for job readiness and eviction prevention during these acutely stressful times.

Through additional check-ins, case management, and therapy appointments, our staff is helping our clients navigate towards connectivity and success.

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1727 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Ste 109
Oakland, CA
94612

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(510) 893-9230

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