Family Services

This collection of links contains useful information about children and family services and other programs available in the County of Marin.

Adoption Connection

Provides full service domestic open adoption services as well as international homestudy and post-placement services. We work with Adoptive parents in Marin.

APPLE FamilyWorks

We provide effective and affordable services to families, individuals, couples, children and groups that build essential life-skills and improve relationships.

Bay Area Community Resources

Referral information for alcohol and drug services. Helping TEENS, ADULTS and FAMILIES. Sliding scale fee.

Bloom (formerly Image for Success)

Bloom, (formerly Image for Success), is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides complimentary wardrobes and life skills training to children, women, and men transitioning to a life of self-reliance.

Boy Scouts of America - Marin Council

The Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been serving the youth of Marin County for over fifty-five years with a quality program focused on adventure, leadership and service.

Boyer House

Dedicated to helping people who have not been able to live up to their potential due to psychological problems. No website. Boyer House Foundation: 880 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, CA 94903, Ph# 415-456-9958

Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society.

Building Better Families, Inc.

Building Better Families (BBF) holds weekly groups that promote respect and responsibility in relationships, for men and women in Marin County who have concerns about anger or violence in their homes. Our anger management and batterer's treatment programs are certified in Marin County. We have a sliding scale and evening classes. No website. Ph# 415-721-4304

Cal Works

(CalWORKs) is a cash assistance program that helps families with vulnerable children.

CalWORKS Aid Program

Assure and enhance the safety, well-being and self-sufficiency

CalWORKs Employment Services

The Employment and Training Branch of Social Services

Canal Alliance

Canal Alliance - Developing self-sufficiency and leadership for a healthier community

Catholic Charities CYO

Counseling services for individuals, families and children.

Center for Restorative Practice

Family Conferencing. Wraparound. Restorative Justice.

Center Point

A private, not-for-profit corporation providing comprehensive, integrated services to at-risk individuals and families.


Provides services to incarcerated individuals and their families at county jails.

Child Care Commission

The state mandated Local Child Care Planning Council is responsible for establishing local priorities for child care planning and advocacy.

Child Support

The Marin County Department of Child Support Services can assist with establishing parentage for minor children. We can help to establish, modify, and enforce child support orders and track and distribute child support payments.

Children and Families Commission

To support and improvement of early childhood development within the County.

Children and Family Services

An emergency response program to receive and assess child abuse/neglect.

Children Services KIN GAP

The Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment program

City of Novato Teen Center

A recreational facility of the City of Novato Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department and offers a wide variety of activities for young people in grades 6th - 12th, which include drop-in activities, classes, workshops and trips.

CMSP and Food Stamps Information

Food Stamps program provides an Electronic Benefit Transfer

Community Action Marin

Assists families, seniors and the disabled with emergency financial needs.

Community Institute for Psychotherapy

CIP provides quality, affordable counseling and therapy to individuals, families and couples on a sliding fee scale.

Compassionate Friends of Marin

Bereavement support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. We meet at 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Lucas Valley Community Church, 2000 Las Gallinas (at Lucas Valley Road) in San Rafael.

CorStone The Center for Attitudinal Healing

Provides emotional support services to children, adults, elders, families dealing with illness or loss as well as for any adult seeking to improve the quality of their life experience.

County of Marin - H & HS - Division of Social Services - Adult Services

Includes info on: Adult Protective Services, In Home Supportive Services, Information & Referral, Ombudsman Program, & Veterans' Services.

County of Marin - H & HS - Division of Social Services - Children's Services

Includes information re: Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Fost-Adopt Parenting, and Family Child Care Home Licensing.

Credit Card Services

You can pay your child support, medical support and spousal support by credit card.

Electronic Payment Options

Pay child support, medical support and spousal support by credit card.

Environmental Health Services

The mission of Marin County Environmental Health Services is to protect public health and the well being of all Marin County residents, workers, and visitors by preventing injury and the spread of disease.

Face the World

We are a cultural exchange organization expressly developed to bring together international youth and Americans.

Family Service Agency of Marin

Providing high quality, affordable counseling and support services for individuals, children, couples, families, and groups.

Family Support

Family Support is an approach to addressing health concerns

Fetch! Pet Care

To provide premier pet care for pet owners who insist on the best for their cats and dogs.

Food Stamps

CalFresh Food Stamps program  provides benefits for food purchases.

Foster Care

Services for children who need foster or fost-adopt homes.

Future Leaders For Peace

Future Leaders For Peace is an inspirational and educational organization that teaches positive leadership and interpersonal skills to young people, primarily in middle schools around the Bay Area.

General Assistance

Provides cash aid & services to qualified individuals to assist in self-sufficiency.

Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area

Our goal is to help girls grow strong in body, mind and spirit and to meet the needs and interests of today's girls.

Growing Years Home Day Care

• Ages Birth to School-age • Hours 7am-6pm Monday-Friday • Reasonable Rates • Family style environment • Arts and Crafts • Outdoor Activities/Daily Walks • Drop-in slots available • School Drop-off and Pick-up • Summer Field Trips Lauren Fried Home Daycare Provider AA in Early Childhood Education Over 8 years experience as a Teacher in pre-schools, as a director at the YMCA aftercare program and a mother of 3 children.

Healthy Teens Marin

Compiled by the Healthy Marin Partnership, this is a comprehensive Guide to Resources for Marin County including academic, counseling, health, programs and volunteering.

Homeless Assistance

211 in Marin County can help you find housing assistance.

Huckleberry Teen Health Program - Marin

Huckleberry Teen Health Program is a comprehensive health promotion and youth development program serving at-risk Marin County youth ages 12-21.

Jewish Family & Children's Services

JFCS provides comprehensive services to the entire community including counseling for individuals, couples & families, financial assistance, information & referral, support for people with disabilities, and volunteer opportunities. For comprehensive assistance to seniors, see Seniors-At-Home.

Juvenile Hall Visiting Rules

Important information for parents and legal guardians visiting juvenile hall.

Marin Abused Women's Services

Provides information about the organizations intervention and prevention programs. (415) 924-6616 - Women's English Hotline.

Marin Advocates for Children

Marin Advocates for Children (MAC) is the independent voice for victims of child abuse and neglect, and the leading non-profit agency for the prevention of child abuse in the community. MAC’s mission is two-fold: preventing abuse and advocating for the best interests of children.

Marin Continuum of Care

The Marin CoC is a collaborative, coordinated and inclusive process

Marin County Youth Commission

MCYC serves as an advisory body to the Marin County Board of Supervisors and makes sure that youth perspectives are heard by county agencies, school districts and the community at large.

Marin Family Action

A non-profit agency working to create affordable and sustainable housing for all in Marin County. we provide a Financial Self Help Program dealing with credit card debt along with, adult and youth financial literacy through out Marin and affordable health care for children through the Healthy Families Program.

Marin Foster Parent Association

Non profit association comprised of foster and adoptive parents and interested community members.

Marin Independent Living Program

Marin ILP helps youth in foster care make the transition to living on their own, and provides on-going support through age 21.

Marin Pregnancy Clinic

FREE Community Clinic serving women of all ages facing unexpected pregnancy (if no insurance and you are eligible for Medi-Cal, we can sign you up at your first medical consultation appointment); ultrasound for pregnancy verification; STD testing for pregnant patients; Stork's Nest Clothing Closet has free maternity & infant clothing, and post abortion counseling.

Maternal - Child and Adolescent Health Services

Develops prevention and early intervention strategies

Maternity Services

Announcement of Changes In Maternity Services

Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center

A parent-run nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to provide resources, support, and education for families of children with special needs in the North Bay.

NAMI Marin

NAMI Marin provides resources to help those living with a mental health condition and their families to find support, offers educational programs, provides crisis information and organizes groups and events to build a stronger community in Marin County.


Narika was founded in 1992 to address the problem of domestic violence in the South Asian community, we serve the entire Bay Area.

Next Generation

Next Generation helps young people learn about social issues, develop leadership skills and work for peace and our environment.

Northern California Mediation Center (NCMC)

NCMC offers MEDIATION SERVICES for divorce, family, business and organizational disputes, COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE services, and TRAINING PROGRAMS in mediation, conflict resolution and communication.

Novato Youth and Family Services

A program for income qualified "Novato" families. Counseling services are provided through a contract with a licensed therapist.

Novato Youth Center

Our mission is to inspire and prepare youth for success by offering programs in Child Development, Athletics, Youth and Family Counseling, Community and School Health Education and the Novato Wellness Center

Novato Youth Center

The Novato Youth Center's mission is to inspire and prepare youth for success by offering programs in Child Development, Athletics, Youth and Family Counseling, Community and School Health Education and the Novato Wellness Center, serving over 4,000 youth and their families annually.


Okizu operates respite programs for families coping with childhood cancer. Our main focus is our summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings. We also run family camp weekends, 'teens and twenties' weekends as well as bereaved sibling's weekends; all for family members of children with cancer.

Online Eligibility Screener

Find out if you may qualify for many different federal, state and local benefits.

Pacific Diversified Services

A non-profit agency in Marin County uses the PDS philosophy to drive our values regarding the right of individuals with disabilities to be included as active members of their communities and to live their lives with dignity and respect.

Parent Services Project

A national nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating family support into early childhood programs through training, technical assistance and education.

Parents Place

Parents Place provides programs for parents with children of all ages, including parenting skills workshops & support groups, parent-child play-activity groups, parent coaching and consultation, counseling for adults, children & families & consultation to schools and childcare centers. We serve the entire community.

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate - San Rafael Health Center

Healthcare, family planning, birth control, STI testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and counseling, teen clinics.


Marin Community Clinics provides pregnancy testing, and OB/GYN. 

Project Avary

Serving the needs of children with incarcerated parent since 1999.

Seneca Family of Agencies

Seneca Family of Agencies is a non profit organization founded in 1985 on the premise of providing unconditional care to children in need of foster care.

Social Services

Division of Social Services

Sunny Hills Services

SHS provides educational and community-based treatment programs to troubled and abused children from infancy to age 18 and their families throughout Marin County.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The program provides outreach and education to teens

The Center for Equine Guided Education

The Center for Equine Guided Education incorporates horses into human self development in an experiential learning environment as a significant way to help create positive change for personal growth and learning.

Trips for Kids

Trips for Kids is a Bay Area non-profit that provides mountain bike outings, environmental education and earn-a-bike programs for kids that would not otherwise be exposed to these types of activities.


Offers nutrition ed and food vouchers for pregnant women and children 0-5

Youth in Arts

Youth in Arts’ provide students with experiences and instruction in the visual and performing arts, and enriches the community with cultural events. Programs include:
Arts Unite Us - with at risk and special needs students.
Travel the World - music, dance, theater, visual and media arts from around the globe.

Youth Leadership Institute

Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) works with young people and their adult allies to create positive social change. We design and implement community-based programs that provide youth with leadership skills in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, philanthropy, and civic engagement.

YWCA San Francisco & Marin

The YWCA 50+ Employment Support Program for Women provides employment services for persons over 50 living in Marin County.