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San Bernardino County

Sheriff's Department


Family and Child Services

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Coping With Incarceration

The incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming for both children and caregivers. Because of the feeling of stigma, it takes special effort to start important conversations and answer kids’ questions. But parents can comfort children and guide them through difficult moments just by talking. With love and support, the family can cope with the challenges of incarceration together.

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Get Connected, Get Answers

211 San Bernardino County is your one-stop connection to thousands of community services through a toll-free 3-digit phone number, an online database and directory, and a 24-hour call center staffed by highly trained specialists. Dialing 2-1-1 is a confidential call with live, bilingual staff to assist callers 24 hours a day. If you are outside the area or dialing 2-1-1 doesn’t work at your place of business, you can always use 888-435-7565 instead


Support and Intervention

Children’s Network of San Bernardino County concerns itself with at-risk children who are defined as minors who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations, are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Network Policy Council. A variety of public and private agencies deliver a broad and occasionally confusing array of services to these children.
The overall goal of Children’s Network is to help at-risk children by improving communication, planning, coordination, and cooperation among youth-serving agencies.


America's Poverty Fighting Network

CAPSBC is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit serving San Bernardino County since 1965. CAPSBC works with our low-income communities by supporting, advocating for and empowering low-income residents to achieve self-reliance and economic stability.

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.  We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

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"Doing the Most Good"

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43.1 million Americans live in poverty, and millions more live near the poverty line. Approximately half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and one-third of adults between 18 and 64 live in low-income households.

The Salvation Army operates more than 7,500 centers in communities across the United States, each of which collects high-quality data on a wide variety of poverty-related social services. The first multi-dimensional measure of human need based on objective data from a nonprofit on the front lines of providing social services, the Human Needs Index serves as a powerful tool to track basic human need, with different indicators and less lag time than conventional government data.


Self Help Resource Center

All services provided are free, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Resource Center’s only requirement for providing services is that you do not have an attorney. Our Family Law Facilitator and Resource Center staff do not provide legal advice, are not your attorney and no attorney-client relationship is created as a result of any information or services provided to self-represented parties. This means that communications are not privileged and that services may be provided to both parties to a case. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented by an attorney in court.


Transforming Lives and Strengthening Business

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board is a body of volunteers who supervise the allocation of federal funding to strengthen the skills of our local workforce. The Board is led by local business owners and includes public partners, educators, labor leadership and community-based organizations.

Our three America’s Job Centers of California offer comprehensive strategies to meet the needs of local businesses for a skilled workforce, while creating opportunities for job seekers to prepare for and enter into well paid careers.

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Child Development and Family Empowerment

The Preschool Services Department (PSD) administers the Federal Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership programs, California Department of Education State Preschool program, as well as the Child and Adult Care Food Program in 41 locations throughout the County of San Bernardino. All programs are fully funded from Federal and State sources with no local cost.

PSD serves about 6000, disadvantaged families with children ages 0 - 5 and pregnant women. PSD's priority population includes:

Our programs are family-oriented, comprehensive and community-based which address developmental goals for enrolled children, support for parents in fulfilling their parental roles and becoming self-sufficient and linkage to other services and resources. PSD offers a full array of child development and family support services which include:

  • Health (Medical and Dental Screenings and Follow-Up)

  • Access to Prenatal and Postpartum Care

  • Nutrition Education

  • Mental Health / Behavioral Services and Support Groups

  • Disability Services

  • Education and Job Training

  • Literacy Programs (Adults and Children)

  • Food and Nutrition Services

  • Fatherhood Engagement

**Services unavailable through the Department are made available to families through a referral system** 

Our Department is a model of excellence in child development and family empowerment that achieves national recognition and exceeds federal and state standards. In addition, we provide a foundation for success for children by giving them the highest quality child development and family support services throughout the County of San Bernardino.

If you are interested in these services and would like further information, please contact the center listed in our Contactspage or call us at toll free at (888) KIDS - 025 or (888) 543 - 7025.


24/7 Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

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