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Sacramento Children’s Home Launches 24-Hour Crisis Support for Foster Youth

The Sacramento Children’s Home is excited to announce that it has implemented a new, free, 24/7 support service for foster youth and resource families living in Sacramento County. The program, titled “The Source,” connects foster youth up to age 21 and resource families to licensed professionals who provide guidance, support, and connection to critical resources.

Foster youth and families can access the Source’s crisis hotline via phone or text at 916-SUPPORT. The website www.thesourcesacramento.com also offers an online chat option and the Source team can provide in-person support at homes, schools, and community locations.

“Foster youth and families often lack a support system and the Source is dedicated to providing counseling and guidance during times of stress and instability,” Sacramento Children’s Home Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Baker said. “Our goal is for all children to thrive in safe, supportive home environments and we hope that by providing support to both foster youth and families we can help them resolve their immediate crisis and be better prepared to deal with future issues.”

In addition to crisis support, callers will receive referrals to identify long-term, valuable services—referrals to mental health services, counseling, youth programs, community-based programs, Family Resource Centers, and more.

In partnership with Sacramento County, the Source is designed to provide vital support to foster care youth and their families, assuring that they are provided with high levels of support and stability. This is the only foster support line of its kind in Sacramento.

“The state’s emphasis on placing children in foster care instead of long-term stays in group homes has reinforced the need for a dedicated support system to be in place for foster youth and families. We are thrilled to provide this critical service 24 hours a day, completely free of charge,” Baker said.

For more information about the program, please visit www.thesourcesacramento.com.

*This program is funded by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter-approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).