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Family Paths offers a wide variety of individual and family services for families throughout Alameda County. Most services are offered in English and Spanish. Access to our services is via our Parenting Stress Helpline by calling 1-800-829-3777. Note: Referrals/requests for service are not accepted via email.

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

Mental Health Services

Treatment, Intervention & Prevention Services (TIPS)

Treatment, Intervention & Prevention Services (TIPS) provides office-based therapy for children, parents, and families. Treatment addresses a range of issues including divorce, loss, and stress, as well as, exposure to trauma, abuse, and family and community violence.

Families in Transition Program (FIT)

Families in Transition Program (FIT) provides a flexible and comprehensive model of mental health services aimed at supporting children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing complex traumas and instability in their lives. The flexibility of our program allows us to work with children in the environment that best meets the child and family’s needs.

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH)

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) provides relationship-based mental health services to toddlers and preschool-aged children who are experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties. Our therapists work with children and their parents and caregivers together in child-parent therapy to promote safety and security in their relationships, and to help caregivers understand and meet their children’s developmental, emotional, and behavioral needs.

CalWORKs Case Management and Therapeutic Services

Our B.O.O.S.T. Program – Building Opportunities and Outreach for Support and Treatment handles CalWORKs Case Management and Therapeutic Services, which are designed to assist parents transitioning from welfare to work. We provide counseling, an Employment Specialist, Peer Specialist, referrals to parenting and life skills classes, and connections to community and job resources to remove barriers to self-sufficiency. Our priority is helping parents meet their personal, educational and financial goals in order to attain stable lives for themselves and their families.

Victims of Crime (VOC) Therapeutic Services

Victims of Crime (VOC) Therapeutic Services provide specialized trauma treatment to individuals who qualify for state funded VOC treatment services. Clients may have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, street or gang crimes, carjacking, assault or other crimes against their physical, mental or emotional well-being.

Preschool Mental Health Consultation

Preschool Mental Health Consultation places consultants in the preschool classroom for weekly observations to collaborate with staff and parents to promote children’s healthy emotional and social development and help transform challenging behaviors.

Finding Peace Within

Finding Peace Within is a skill-based support group for women who are experiencing symptoms of past trauma. We teach trauma survivors simple and practical steps toward living more calmly and at ease in their daily lives.

Family Support Services

Parenting Stress Helpline

The Parenting Stress Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by professional and volunteer counselors to assist parents and caregivers with over-the-phone counseling, crisis intervention, access to nearly 900 community resources from our vast database, and referrals to Family Paths’ services. 1-800-829-3777.

Foster Parents Advice Line (FosterPAL)

Foster Parents Advice Line (FosterPAL) is our 24 hour advice line that provides the same support as our Parenting Stress Helpline. It is tailored to meet the specific needs of foster parents and kinship caregivers. The line includes additional case management accessible through Family Paths’ Foster Parents Advocate. 1-800-829-3777.

Positive Parenting Classes

Positive Parenting Classes are appropriate for all types of families – expecting parents, parents of children of all ages, foster and kinship care providers, adoptive parents, LGBT families and others involved in parenting roles. Our curriculum is designed to provide parents with an understanding of parenting skills and knowledge, particularly in the areas of child development, communication, discipline and self-awareness, while emphasizing the importance of self-care. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools they need to create a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish and in several locations throughout Alameda County. Free childcare is provided onsite.

Fatherhood & Co-Parenting: Beyond Conflict Series

Family Paths supports dads and father-figures by providing a dynamic and FREE 6-week series of classes called Fatherhood and Co-parenting: Beyond Conflict at our office in Oakland, CA. Guided by empathy, gratitude, reliability, and purpose, our curriculum is designed to build confidence and enhance dads’ ability to meet the challenges of the co-parenting experience. This program benefits fathers living in the home as well as those living separately. Led by Fatherhood Specialist, Michael Lewis, and featuring guest speakers from Alameda County Child Support Services and Family Court, dads in our classes learn how best to raise and nurture their kids, be a positive force in their children’s lives, how to effectively communicate with their co-parent, and how to navigate the Alameda County Family Court and Child Support systems.

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

Family Paths is honored to be the first agency in Alameda County to be certified providers of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (AP/OD). AP/OD is a comprehensive evidence based 10-session parenting education program for Latino and non-Latino families. The curriculum consists of topics that range from early childhood development to school readiness. The goal of the curriculum is to equip parents/ caregivers with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to support their children’s success and to be effective advocates on behalf of their children. We are thrilled to be at the helm of rolling out this exciting and innovative curriculum!