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The WHS Counseling Department's effort to support parents of teens with both information and resources:

Youth and Family Services of Fremont: YFS offers a number of counseling services for Fremont families, including family counseling, crisis intervention, truancy intervention and group/individual counseling for teens. Fees are based on ability to pay.

Location: 39155 Liberty Street, Suite E500, Fremont, CA 94537

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Phone: 510-574-2100

Website: www.fremont.gov

Youth and Family Services offers excellent parent education through a course called The Parent Project.  This class offers both education and support to parents who are struggling with their teenagers. Parents who have taken this course have had a positive experience and good results with an improved relationship with their teen and a brighter outlook for their family. Scholarships are available. Telephone Youth and Family Services at 574-2100 and/or learn more at these websites:

www.fremont.gov click on the "Our Community" tab, then Youth and Family Services

Second Chance Inc.: Second Chance Inc. offers a Parents of Teenagers Support Group that meets on a weekly drop in basis. A facilitator leads an open discussion in helping parents in dealing with a variety of teen issues and family life. The group meets in Union City and there is no charge. Call 510-792-4357.

Second Chance also offers a Teen Girls Group that meets weekly on a drop in basis. Concerns that focus around teen girls are discussed and both education and support are provided. The group meets in the Newark Center and there is no charge. Call 510-792-4357 for more information.

The Teen Abstinence Support Group is another group that the aim of which is to help teens quit using drugs and alcohol. The group is both educational and supportive, and is free of charge.

Counseling Services covered by Insurance Coverage: Insurance programs often include counseling benefits for family counseling and/or individual and group counseling for teens. Substance abuse counseling is often covered as well. Check with your policy to see what is covered and the counseling agencies that work with your particular insurance carrier.

Parents. The Anti-Drug:  Parents needing information and reliable advice about teen drug and alcohol abuse can find assistance at:

www.theantidrug.com

Common Sense Media Use: Parents say their #1 health concern is overuse of media, even more than drinking or smoking. Are you struggling with this issue with your teen? Find information and answers at

www.commonsensemedia.org 

Monitor Cell Phone, Text Message and Computer Use: Consider using software to monitor your child's computer and cell phone use for their safety. A number of software companies offer these services; here is one:

parentalsoftware.org

Internet Safety Tips: kids.usa.gov/parents/online-safety/index.shtml

Cyber Bullying: Find out what it is, how it works, know the law, prevention and take action. Information for both parents and teens at: 

www.stopbullying.gov

Consider committing to the Family Media Contract: Family Media Contract

Teen Self Injury--Cutting: Upwards of 1/3 of teen girls and some boys as well engage in this unhealthy behavior that has its roots in a number of emotional problems. This website can be very helpful in finding information, support and resources: www.selfinjury.com

Teen Depression Information and Support: Understanding teen depression

www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm 

Stressed-Out Teens: Help your student deal with the pressure they feel they are under to get good grades and manage their busy activity schedule to get into a first rate college.

 www.webmd.com/parenting/features/coping-school-stress

211: Resources for housing, healthcare, support groups, food and more throughout the Bay Area. Dial 211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with multi-lingual assistance. It's a free call for non-emergencies.  211bayarea.org

511: Public transportation information for the Bay Area. Dial 511--FREE call--or go on the web at www.511.org

TEEN Resource Page: This page lists a number of resources that can be helpful to parents as well