Family Support Services

Family Support Services Through services designed to fit each family, Family Support Services nurtures families and connects them with the resources they need to thrive.

FSS’s services support families who face serious challenges in successfully caring for their children. These include families with children who have mental or physical disabilities; families taking care of children who are substance exposed, medically fragile or are HIV+; and families in which grandparents or other relatives have had to step in to care for children. FSS also works with families in which children are at risk of abuse or neglect to help parents improve their parenting skills and ensure that these children are raised in safe and nurturing environments. FSS's programs are delivered in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. We reach clients in some of the most underserved communities: over 75% of families served by FSS are families of color, over 60% are headed by a single adult, and over 65% live in poverty. FSS serves more than 2,700 Bay Area children annually.

Mission: Our mission is to help families build on their strengths, nurture their children and lead healthy lives.

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You have always done it all, but this year you have been a caregiver, a teacher, a cheerleader, a friend. We thank you f...
07/26/2020

You have always done it all, but this year you have been a caregiver, a teacher, a cheerleader, a friend. We thank you for all of the big and little things you do to keep your children safe, healthy, and growing!

Still looking for a way to support the community this summer? Why not send some backpacks or supplies along to Family Su...
07/25/2020
BACKPACK DRIVE - Family Support Services

Still looking for a way to support the community this summer? Why not send some backpacks or supplies along to Family Support Services!

Backpack Drive This year, the Backpack Drive is working little different, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, even if students aren’t in classrooms like we are used to, the children and youth we work with still need supplies to learn! Every year, Family Support Services collects backpacks and s...

Thank you to Oakland's Summer Food Service Program for helping to keep kids healthy with nutritious meals and snacks thr...
07/23/2020
Oakland's Summer Food Service Program

Thank you to Oakland's Summer Food Service Program for helping to keep kids healthy with nutritious meals and snacks through the summer months.

The official website of the City of Oakland. Find out about meetings, request City services through OAK 311, or contact the Mayor and City Council.

07/23/2020
Face Covering FAQs with Mayor Schwedhelm

A quick watch to answer some of those frequently asked mask questions!

Face coverings? Face masks? If you have questions about the latest Public Health Order, watch this brief video as Mayor Tom Schwedhelm shares some answers. M...

Have you completed the Census yet?
07/22/2020

Have you completed the Census yet?

It's not too late to get counted! All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
#LincolnStrong #census #becounted #everyonecounts

"Be Counted or Be Counted Out" - Rev. Cecil L. Murray
07/21/2020

"Be Counted or Be Counted Out" - Rev. Cecil L. Murray

Ohh, what a great resource! Looks like it should be a valuable discussion!
07/21/2020

Ohh, what a great resource! Looks like it should be a valuable discussion!

📢 UPDATED date and time 📢
Dr. Fauci will be joining Homeroom with Sal on Friday, July 24 at noon PT!
Get your questions answered about school reopening, summer pandemic guidance, and more.

Don't miss this show! Add a reminder now. 👉 https://bit.ly/homeroom-FB

07/20/2020
Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County

Fast, healthy, and affordable? Yes please! Thanks Help Me Grow Alameda County and Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County for sharing this resource!

From Help Me Grow Alameda County, "Are you getting tired of your weekly meals? Need something new for your family? Join 18 reasons every Wednesday on their YouTube channel from 12PM - 1PM to learn new healthy cooking skills, nutrition tips, and ways to budget!"

We know that parents are fatigued from all the extra responsibilities they are facing during Shelter in Place orders, and cooking healthy food can't always be accomplished. These fast, healthy, and affordable recipes can help with cooking fatigue!

07/18/2020
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"Good mental health means experiencing negative emotions; it’s not always about being happy." credit: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
#LincolnStrong #MinorityMentalHealth #MentalHealthEducation #MentalHealthAwareness #nmmhm
https://bit.ly/32gXZXZ

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
07/18/2020
John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

Images of his beating at Selma shocked the nation and led to swift passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; he was called the conscience of the Congress.

Thank you so much to our friends at Pacific Workers' Compensation Law Center for their donation of face masks! We are so...
07/16/2020

Thank you so much to our friends at Pacific Workers' Compensation Law Center for their donation of face masks! We are so grateful to be part of such a supportive community!

07/12/2020
Exploring Feelings | Adventures in Learning | PBS Parents

We are all feeling a lot of emotions right now, but just 10-15 minutes a day can make a huge difference in terms of helping children explore all of those feelings.

Talking to your kids about their feelings and teaching them to journal is a great way to connect with your children in a meaningful way. Here are some fun an...

“As we are engaging in more conversations about race and racism in our own communities and as a nation, we have heard fr...
07/11/2020
State Schools Chief Hosts Ethnic Studies Webinar Series

“As we are engaging in more conversations about race and racism in our own communities and as a nation, we have heard from students and educators that the pursuit of a more just society begins in the classroom,” - State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond convened the first in a series of virtual classroom events on ethnic studies Tuesday

Our SF Family Preservation Team putting together hygiene kits for our families! Thanks for all of your hard work!
07/10/2020

Our SF Family Preservation Team putting together hygiene kits for our families! Thanks for all of your hard work!

Are you like us, still asking which activities are safe, and which ones are not? Well, this list is a helpful guide to c...
07/09/2020
What’s More Risky, Going to a Bar or Opening the Mail?

Are you like us, still asking which activities are safe, and which ones are not? Well, this list is a helpful guide to clear some of that up!

Well, let’s play Risk COVID-19, in which you try to guess which activities put people more at risk for contracting the coronavirus that causes the disease. Find answers at the end of the article.

July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, better known by many as BIPOC (Black, Indig...
07/07/2020
BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, better known by many as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color) Mental Health Month. Mental Health America has put together a great Toolkit to get info and resources to people who can use them!

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

This Minority Mental Health Month, and in light of current events, it's important to learn how to talk about race effect...
07/07/2020

This Minority Mental Health Month, and in light of current events, it's important to learn how to talk about race effectively. Refer to this infographic developed by Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph. D for the psychotherapy networker symposium.

Thank you Lincoln for sharing!

"Don't become a FOE – framer of other’s experiences."

This Minority Mental Health Month, and in light of current events, it's important to learn how to talk about race effectively. Refer to this infographic developed by Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph. D for the psychotherapy networker symposium.

#LincolnStrong #MinorityMentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #nmmhm

Have a safe, healthy, and thoughtful 4th of July!
07/04/2020

Have a safe, healthy, and thoughtful 4th of July!

#LincolnStrong #IndependenceDay2020

These resources can help you and your young ones address the stress and confusion that the world right now has sparked. ...
07/04/2020
Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County

These resources can help you and your young ones address the stress and confusion that the world right now has sparked. Between pandemics and protests, it is incredibly important to prioritize mental health.

Thanks for sharing Family Paths and Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County

Have you or your kiddos struggled with sleep these last few months? You’re not alone. From Family Paths andNPR The #coronavirus has created a mental health crisis, and the spikes in #anxiety and grief we're all feeling affects our #sleep in many ways, whether we're concerned about the #pandemic itself or financial worries or racial inequities and unrest. Good, restful sleep is vital to good #mentalhealth.
From NPR: It's not just the worry. It's the interrupted schedules and #isolation of the pandemic too. Here's why it's not all in your head and what family doctors and sleep specialists say you can do about it.
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/06/02/865483669/how-to-get-sleep-in-uneasy-times

You still have a few more months to complete the Census!
07/01/2020

You still have a few more months to complete the Census!

Public Health and Education Leaders are facing a lot of tough questions about what schools will look like this fall, a f...
06/30/2020
Bay Area schools move to reopen, facing huge uncertainty about how coronavirus affects kids

Public Health and Education Leaders are facing a lot of tough questions about what schools will look like this fall, a fact which is made even more challenging by the limited data they have to work off of.

A flurry of research is showing children are far less likely to get COVID-19 and, if they do, less likely to have symptoms. Education leaders are using that information to figure out how to reopen schools.

If you are looking for a way this PRIDE Month to talk to kids about their queer questions, look no further! Lindsay 'Lin...
06/29/2020
Lincoln

If you are looking for a way this PRIDE Month to talk to kids about their queer questions, look no further! Lindsay 'Lindz' Amer, the Founder of Queer Kid Stuff has you covered!

In 2015, Founder Lindsay ‘Lindz’ Amer and their best stuffed friend Teddy created Queer Kid Stuff, an LGBTQ+ and social justice webseries for kids. They explain queer topics through a vlog-style conversation with young viewers focused on love and family. The short videos are a tool for parents, teachers, and LGBTQ+ adults to help them explain these words and ideas to young children in their lives, recommended for all ages.
#LincolnStrong #PRIDEmonth #LGBTQ #LGBTQQIA #beyondthegenderbinary @activistyoupod @lindzamer
Website link: http://queerkidstuff.com/

Check out this collaboration between First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Health Care Services, and Alameda County Soc...
06/29/2020
Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County

Check out this collaboration between First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Health Care Services, and Alameda County Social Services! We say yes please to these awesome resources and advocacy for fathers!

Have you heard of Fathers Corps through @First5Alameda? Established in 2013, the Fathers Corps is a collaboration between First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Health Care Services, and Alameda County Social Services
#fatherhoodfriday
http://www.first5alameda.org/alameda-county-fathers-corps?fbclid=IwAR3l8NsLZkmKqVKYkEMQ2gCr0Qrd9lWzsZ1vQ6HDm3FIuE1IYxucbedJIVk
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Alameda County Social Services Agency

It is time for some summer reading! Virtual Book Clubs are a great way to stay connected while continuing to learn!
06/29/2020
Virtual Book Club

It is time for some summer reading! Virtual Book Clubs are a great way to stay connected while continuing to learn!

Due to the recent extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19, we are adding virtual book clubs to our current program portfolio. Each virtual book club will be for children of similar reading lev…

06/27/2020
Census 2020 in Alameda County

Getting counted on the 2020 Census means standing up for the resources our community deserves.

You Count 2020!

As we countdown to Census 2020, the Alameda County Complete Count Committee developed this short video to depict why the Census is important to Alameda Count...

In the words of Family Paths, one of our awesome partners in the Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County, "The power ...
06/26/2020
Oakland board votes to eliminate its police force at school campuses

In the words of Family Paths, one of our awesome partners in the Strong Families Alliance of Alameda County, "The power of advocacy! Family Paths is a proud member of Alameda Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, an association representing over 30 community-based providers of mental health services in Alameda County. On behalf of all the agencies, ACCMHA urged OUSD to protect the dignity and well-being of all OUSD students by voting to pass the George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Dept. The annual $2.5 million spent on the 10 sworn officers and police administrators is instead expected to be redirected toward other student support services and restorative justice efforts."

The board of the Oakland Unified School District voted Wednesday to eliminate its police department from school campuses.

06/22/2020

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FSS supports families facing serious challenges in caring for their children. These include families with children who have mental or physical disabilities, families taking care of children who are substance exposed, medically fragile or are HIV+, families in which grandparents or other relatives have had to step in to care for children, homeless families, and many more. FSS also works with families in which children are at risk of abuse or neglect to help parents improve their parenting skills and ensure that these children are raised in safe and nurturing environments. FSS's programs are delivered in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. We reach clients in some of the most underserved communities: over 75% of families served by FSS are families of color, over 60% are headed by a single adult, and over 65% live in poverty. FSS serves more than 2,700 Bay Area children annually.

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