Resources to help families of young children cope during disasters and traumatic events
First 5 Sonoma provides this list as a reference tool and does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. We offer this list as a resource for the public.
Helplines/Crisis Numbers TALK TO A LIVE PERSON 24/7:
- Sonoma County Behavioral Health 24-hour Emergency Mental Health Hotline - (800) 746-8181
- Disaster Distress Helpline open 24/7, 365-days-a-year for counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural disasters. Call (800) 985-5990 toll-free, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for multi-lingual, confidential crisis support.
Sonoma County Resources
- Sonoma County’s mental health recovery website offers links to disaster resource guides, crisis helplines, free therapy and crisis counseling online at sonomacountyrecovers.org/mental-health-wellness.
- Mysonomastrong.com - A free bilingual, self-guided resiliency training website that can assist people with anxiety, triggers from the recent fires, depression and more.
- California HOPE Program - outreach and counseling to those affected by the wildfires. Counselors can be reached at:
Resources specific to fires and natural disasters:
Resources for Grief/Loss:
Helping children cope after a death that occurs under traumatic circumstances
Local Counseling and Support:
- Child Parent Institute - Support For Children From Birth Through Age 5 and Their Caregivers. Assessment, treatment, consultation, training, and parenting support is available through both children’s counseling and parent education departments. To schedule an appointment or learn more about services, please call (707) 284-1500.
- Early Learning Institute - : For Childcare Providers –The Consultation Project offers trauma focused training and support and flexible, site-specific consultation for staff and families. For Families – The Watch Me Grow Project offers help finding community services via phone consultation;supportive home visits and social/emotional screening for children birth to 5 years of age. All ELI services are free. Call (707) 591-0170.
- Jewish Families and Children’s Services (JFCS) - provides counseling, and long-term recovery support. Staff of case managers and clinicians have been trained in emergency response and are ready to deliver services quickly and efficiently. Contact JFCS for help at - (707) 303-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 1360 N. Dutton Avenue, Suite C, Santa Rosa
- Counseling Resources from the CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists: 3-5 FREE sessions of counseling for anyone affected by the fires.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: For non-emergency resources, or to talk to someone about mental health issues (your own or someone you care about), please call the Warmline at (866) 960-6264; the Warmline is available Monday to Friday 9-5 PM excluding holidays. Mental Health resources also available on their website.
- Parenting Through Crisis: This one-session class offers tips and resources for kids, parents and caregivers affected by the wildfires. All patients and community members welcome. Adults and children will have separate classes held at the same time. Classes will be held at:
- Petaluma Health Center (English & Spanish) , Monday + Wednesday, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Rohnert Park Health Center , Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (English & Spanish) Thursday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (English). Drop-ins welcome!
- Petaluma Health Center , 1179 N. McDowell Blvd.Petaluma, CA 94954 (707) 559-7500
- Rohnert Park Health Center, 5900 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (707) 559-7600
- Petaluma People Services Center: individual and group counseling, children's expressive arts group, skills for Psychological Recovery, a skills-training intervention designed to accelerate recovery and increase self-efficacy. Survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. Fee service/sliding scale, reimbursement by their insurance, MediCal or Beacon. Please call - (707) 765-8488
- Sonoma County Behavioral Health: mental health programs promote the recovery and wellness of individuals through specialty mental health services, advocacy, and education. Services are provided in partnerships with clients, families, other agencies, and community providers.
- SOS Community Counseling Clinic: Currently offering free counseling in Santa Rosa to those who have been affected by the fires. Call the main office to make an appointment - (707) 284-3444.
Therapists who specialize in working with young children:
- Audrey Boggs, PsyD: (415) 295-2428, Santa Rosa.
Insurance: Private Pay
- Christy Livingston, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist: (707) 395-7550, Santa Rosa.
Insurance: United Behavioral Health, Sutter Health Plus, Optum Behavioral Health, Tricare, Private Pay accepted on sliding scale.
- Kelly Rathman, LCSW: (707) 695-6427, Petaluma.
Insurance: Beacon, Private Pay
- Jenni Silverstein, LCSW: Infant Family Mental Health Specialist, (707) 546-0506, Santa Rosa.
3-5 free sessions available through RECAMFT
Insurance: Beacon, Blue Cross, Sliding Scale
- Meg Tippy, PsyD: (707) 237-5209, Santa Rosa.
Insurance: Beacon, sliding scale, some pro-bono
Parents and Caregivers are strongly encouraged to read the activities and/or books to yourself first to determine whether the story would be helpful to your child.
Resources for Childcare/Preschool and Early Childhood Education: