Resources for Parents and Children

Resources for Justice Involved Parents and Children

San Diego Child Support is here to help!

We've collected resources to help you with life’s changes and foster H.O.P.E. in any challenges you might face.

Some of these resources are specific for parents who are incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and for your other family members.

Call us at 858-650-5330 and leave a message any time. Email us at

One Safe Place - The North County Family Justice Center


One Safe Place for hope, healing and justice.

Free support services all under one roof to anyone who has experienced child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, hate crime, elder abuse, human trafficking, violent loss, family violence, or other abuse or victimization.

Basic needs, free meals, and more!

211 San Diego
  • 211 San Diego
    211 San Diego is a trusted source for information and connections to community, health, and disaster resources. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Feeding San Diego


San Diego Hunger Coalition
  • School breakfast and school lunch is FREE to all K-12 students in California. Though meals are free, it is still important for families to fill out their meal application forms.
School meals
San Diego Food Bank
Basic needs
Mission Federal Credit Union
United Way
  • United Way
    Helping low wage earners to help pay utility bills, rent and possible mortgage payments
YMCA Child Care
  • YMCA
    3333 Camino Del Rio S Suite 400
    San Diego, 92108
    Currently offering enhanced referral services.

Employment Assistance


Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provide immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration.

303 A St., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92101


Metro Community Ministries Inc. (MCMI)

Founded in 1966 with the purpose of reaching marginalized communities in the downtown region of San Diego County.

PO Box 2423, El Cajon, CA 92021



California Department of Rehabilitation

To be eligible for services, an individual must have a physical or mental impairment, or require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment.

For more information please contact:
San Diego District Branch
7575 Metropolitan Dr. Ste 107, San Diego, CA 92108


San Diego Workforce Partnership

Involved in the justice system? SDWP wants to help you land a job with their post-release employment services including job coaching and vocational training opportunities.

Contact information:


Go-Staff San Diego

Need a job? Go-Staff can help you find jobs in construction, housekeeping, warehouse, and driving jobs.

8798 Complex Dr., San Diego, CA 92123
Call to set up an interview or apply online at
Walk-ins are welcome!


Second Chance

Recently released? Looking for a job? Second Chance can help with employment placement assistance, resume writing, mock interviews, job training, and more.

Contact Scott Taylor, P2E/BSC
6145 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA 92114


North County Lifeline Warm Hand-Off (WHO) Program

Assisting adults in San Diego County who were formerly incarcerated in a California State Prison.

Contact information:
Intake Line: 760-842-6219


NOW Hiring throughout the County

Goodwill San Diego County

Goodwill Career Advisors are ready to help you online or in person. They offer FREE workshops for all San Diego County residents. They can help you find your next job or prepare you for the career you have always wanted. Click here for more information.

RMFG Manufacturing Workforce Specialist

ResourceMFG is the first and the largest national staffing company to specialize in manufacturing. They are dedicated to getting good people good jobs. Check out the current job listings.

Select Workforce Specialists

Select is one of the leading staffing agencies and part of The EmployBridge family of supply chain workforce solutions - the nation's largest industrial staffing company. Check out the current job listings.

High School Diploma Program

Did you know that the average high school graduate earns 31% more than their peers that did not have a chance to finish high school?

Need help getting a high school diploma and career certificate?

Child Support and San Diego County Library have partnered to make this possible, online, at no cost!

Don't have internet or a computer?

Computers with internet services are available to use at your local library and child support office.

To learn more, contact us via text at 619-637-9860 or by email at

Also, visit the San Diego County Library website.

Education - Connections to College

Project Rebound

A program for students impacted by the criminal justice system.

California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096


Palomar College

The Transitions Program builds bridges for currently and formerly incarcerated people to come to Palomar College and earn the kinds of degrees and certificates that build brighter futures — and keep people out of jail for good.

If you are interested, contact:

Dr. Nora Kenney
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, California 92069


Southwestern College Restorative Justice Program

SWC is committed in helping you learn the skills needed to enter back into society & most importantly get a job!

Contact information:

619-421-6700 ext 5658
Patrice Milkovich and Raquel Funches

Emotional Support

Jewish Family Service
  • Jewish Family Service
    • Jewish Family Service is a people-centered, impact-driven organization working to create a stronger, healthier community where everyone can thrive.
    • 858-637-3210 - Confidential helpline for JFS programs and services.
    • Positive Parenting Program
Crisis Line
Special Needs Resource Foundation
Domestic Violence Resources




The San Diego District Attorney’s Office website has information about preventing human trafficking, how to identify it and resources. Click here for more info

US Department of Homeland Security created the Blue Campaign and has resources regarding human trafficking.  Click here for more info

Saving for College

Parents Invest in Education (PIE)


Did you know that children with just $1-$499 in college savings are three times more likely to attend college and four times more likely to graduate?

Start planning for your child's future educational goals now!

Saving for college can be a challenge for anyone; especially, when considering the rising cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board.

Contact your DCSS caseworker to see if you qualify for the Parents Invest in Education (PIE) Program today, or fill out and submit the P.I.E. Interest Form.

  Visit the ScholarShare529 website, call us and ask about the Parents Invest in Education (PIE) program today at 866-901-3212, or email us at



ARCAID:  Self-Service Community Resources Tool  (for use by parents on parole or probation)