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Parenting Stress Textline

Our Parenting Stress Helpline now provides a free and confidential TEXTING option that provides counseling, information to anyone in need of parenting support, and access to nearly 900 community resources from our vast database. You have access to caring parent support counselors for one time anonymous texts or regular texting support to help with your particular parenting or family concerns. We can also refer you to Family Paths’ services, or provide other Alameda County resources.

Access to our services is easy! Just text the letters FP to 61222 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5:00pm and 9:00pm and a counselor will help you in real time.

If you need support outside of these hours, you can call our 24-Hour Parenting Stress Helpline by calling 1-800-829-3777.

Family Paths is committed to recognizing and serving all families, including LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual), foster, relative and non-relative caregivers, and adoptive families. Family Paths embraces the Alameda County Fathers Corps’ Father-Friendly Principles.


To support our callers and clients for whom English is not their primary language, the Parenting Stress Helpline, as well as clinicians, can easily access a translation service via the phone 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. The phone translation service provides translation in over 400 languages.