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Click on a category below to get started on your children and family resource search.
Resources for Expectant and New Parents
If you are a new parent through adoption or foster care, please visit the General Parenting Resources section for assistance.
If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, visit Health Pregnancy Ventura County.
Healthy Pregnancy Ventura County provides information to help you before, during, and after pregnancy. You’ll find information about nutrition, financial planning, pregnancy support, breastfeeding, and much more.
Breastfeeding protects young children from illness and helps with children’s brain development. It also encourages bonding between mother and child.
Well baby visits offer healthcare check ups and immunizations for infants and toddlers. These visits help keep track of your baby’s health, growth, and development.
For more information on health insurance or health care resources, visit our Health Care page.
Parenting Concerns - Development
Have questions or concerns about your child ‘s development?
Help Me Grow Ventura County can answer parents’ everyday questions about their children. Help Me Grow Ventura County is a network of programs that support young children’s development. They offer information and printable resources that can help you understand your child’s growth and learning from birth to age 5. These guides can also help you know what you can do to help them along the way as they continue to grow.
What is a developmental screening?
A developmental screening can help show how your child is learning and developing. A screening can help you celebrate your child’s milestones. Screenings can also identify possible delays in growth, learning, and development. If delays are present, your child may need further diagnosis, assessment, and evaluation. Then you can receive referrals to a community agency that can help.
A developmental screening will look at the way your child is:
- speaking and understanding information
- using their hands and fingers
- using their arms and legs
- learning and playing with toys and other children
- able to problem-solve
And it only takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete.
Ventura County Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
The questionnaire can help keep track of your child’s development. The questionnaire may be provided every 2-, 4- or 6-month period. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. The questionnaire includes questions about your child’s communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills.
Click here to access the English ASQ.
Parenting Concerns - Counseling and Abuse
Experiencing difficulties in your family or concerned about a child’s/adolescent’s safety?
General Parenting Resources
Find resources for childcare, immunizations, special education programs, and more!
Family Resource Centers help families with children from infancy to age five. Services can include:
– Parent and child together classes
– School readiness programs
– Literacy programs
– Pre-school referrals
– Free developmental check-ups
– Limited dental services
– Health resources and referrals to public health nurses
– Referrals to mental health services and health insurance enrollment
– Emergency food assistance/utility assistance
– Case management
– Parent education programs
– Family support resources and referrals
Some programs let you engage in physical activities with your child. Other programs teach you how to create fun learning opportunities for your child.
There are many different resources available for disabled individuals and their families.
Parent Support Groups help parents come together and offer one another mutual support.
Respite Care offers a break for parents, guardians, or caregivers of dependent adults and children. This supervision can take place in the home or in a community setting.
Special Education services are available in preschool, elementary school, and beyond.
Disability Related Sports allow people with functional disabilities and cognitive disabilities to play.
Some programs loan out equipment, appliances, and assistive aids. They can also train people on how to use these Assistive Technology devices.
Others help disabled individuals and their families understand Disability Rights. They can learn what benefits they may be eligible for and how to go about receiving them.
Are you concerned about a child’s safety?
Need to safely surrender a newborn?
Becoming an adoptive or foster parent can be a difficult legal and emotional process. Find a program that can help you through the transition of becoming an adoptive or foster parent. You can also find a support group to get you through the mental and emotional obstacles involved.
Military Family Support Centers can offer a variety of services to service members, their families, and veterans.
- Information & Referral
- Relocation Assistance
- Family Employment Readiness
- Financial Counseling
- General Counseling
- Marital/Family counseling
- Children/Family counseling
- Life Skills Education
- New Parent Support
- Family Advocacy
- Sexual Assault Victim Intervention
Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 for more help.
2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week AND is free, confidential, and available in multiple languages.