When Children's Home Society shut their doors in 1989, Judy Levin and Lou Fox were left wondering what the families they had worked with would do without access to respite services. They rose to the occasion by founding Family Support Services of the Bay Area, to meet the needs of families facing a variety of challenges in raising their children.
Since then, we have grown quite a bit. In 2015, we changed our name to Family Support Services. We have grown to include five programs. The Respite/Child Care program was followed by the Family Preservation Program, the Kinship Support Services Program, the Kinship Youth Program, and the Growing Up Strong Program. Each of these programs offers unique support targeting families specific needs.
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Please celebrate our 30th Anniversary with us by joining us on Sunday, August 25th at the Oakland Coliseum for an Oakland A's vs. SF Giants baseball game!
You can purchase tickets to the event right here through our website!
After making your purchase, your tickets will be mailed to you!
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Family Support Services' support families who face serious challenges in successfully caring for their children. These include families with children who have mental or physical disabilities; families taking care of children who are substance exposed, medically fragile or are HIV+; and families in which grandparents or other relatives have had to step in to care for children. Family Support Services also works with families in which children are at risk of abuse or neglect to help parents improve their parenting skills and ensure that these children are raised in safe and nurturing environments.
The Agency programs are delivered in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. We reach clients in some of the most underserved communities: over 75% of families served by Family Support Services are families of color, over 60% are headed by a single adult, and over 65% live in poverty. The Agency serves more than 2,700 Bay Area children annually.