Resources for Parents
Below are some helpful resources for parents and guardians about adolescent sexual health and talking with your children about sex and sexuality.
All of our programs incorporate a parent interview. If your child is participating in one of Health Connected's programs at their school, you can preview the interview questions here:
Talking to Your Child about Sex
As a project of Health Connected, this comprehensive hub of information is specifically designed to support parents and guardians as they support their kids through adolescence. Through Lets-Talk.how, we offer parents detailed tips on talking to their kids about sex and relationships, links to the latest research in adolescent sexual health, an inside look at Health Connected's curricula, and more! Check it out today!
Tips for for being an Askable Adult for your child about sexuality from the earliest of ages.
Not sure when to start talking about consent, relationships, and sexual identities? Every child is different, but this timeline offers useful guidance & tips!
Health information, FAQs, and resources for teenagers compiled by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Planned Parenthood offers suggestions on how, when, and what to discuss with children about sex and sexuality.
American Sexual Health Associate (ASHA) provides insight on how to start the conversation about sex and other challenging topics about sexuality.
Advocate for Sex Ed in Your School
Resources for parents and community members about sex education in California.
A toolkit for community members to use to bring quality sex ed to your school.
Resources, research, and calls to action focused on helping young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Get Facts about Adolescent Sexuality & Sexual Health
An collaborative of experts in the adolescent health field representing both governmental and non-governmental organizations focused on promoting the sexual and reproductive health of California's youth.
A health question and answer internet resource produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University. Go Ask Alice! provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.
Sex education by teens and for teens. Sex, Etc. features teen-produced sexual health stories, FAQs, resources, and forums.
Information about sex, relationships, and contraception geared towards helping teens make informed decisions for their futures. Created by Power to Decide.
Health resource services available through the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
Unsafe Relationships, Pregnancy, LGBTQ+ Issues, Online Safety & Bullying
Understanding the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and working to eradicate violence.
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) 650.312.8515 or 1.800.300.1080
Free and confidential services provided to victims and survivors of domestic/dating violence and abuse in San Mateo County.
Rape Trauma Services 650.692.RAPE (7273)
A center for healing and violence prevention that provides 24-hour hotline interventions, counseling, and support groups for survivors of sexual assault and their family and friends.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals 24 hours a day.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
Free, confidential services available around the clock through the National Sexual Assault Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, a secure web-based hotline.
San Mateo County Child Protective Services 650.595.7922 or 1.800.632.4615
A 24-hour service provided on behalf of children in San Mateo County who are newborn to age 18 and alleged to be the victims of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Emergency Contraception Hotline 1.888.668.2528
Accurate information about emergency contraception and a searchable database of emergency contraceptive providers in the United States.
Exhale 1.866.4.EXHALE (394253)
A free, confidential, non-judgmental after-abortion talkline that provides emotional support, resources, and information to women who have had abortions, as well as to their parents, family, friends, and allies.
A free, confidential, and supportive space for people to talk about experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption.
Support, mentoring, counseling, and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Promoting the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families through support, education, and adovcacy.
Tips, safety advice, articles, news, analysis, video and other resources to promote safe, effective use of connected technology. For parents, teens, educators, advocates – everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of social media and mobile technology.