Free phone resources available to counsel, connect parents.

Raising a child can be challenging in the best situation, overwhelming when facing additional issues. Connecting with help is just a phone call away with two, free services that support Ventura County children and families.

2-1-1 Resource and Referral Line

From childcare and housing support to food distribution sites, health insurance enrollment and more, anyone can call 2-1-1 any time of day or night for information linking them to local social service resources. A live operator will connect the caller with information that matches their needs. Any family with a child under five will also be linked to their local First 5 Neighborhood for Learning. 2-1-1 is based in Camarillo and funded in part by First 5 Ventura County.

National Parent Helpline

The National Parent Helpline provides telephone support to parents and caregivers of children and youth of all ages. Operating from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, the Helpline provides trained parent advocates to offer emotional and practical support when faced with a parenting challenge. Their role is not to solve problems, but to help callers build on their own strengths and have someone who listens. The number is 1-855-4A PARENT (427-2736). National Parent Helpline is operated of Parents Anonymous. First 5 Ventura County is a community partner, supporting the project through outreach and education.

Remember, when faced with an immediate situation that threatens health or safety, it’s best to call 9-1-1 for emergency police or medical support.