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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.



Conversation Starters


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:

Grades 5/6: "Ask Your Adults" Parent/Guardian Interview Homework / en Español

Grades 7/8: "Back In The Day" Parent/Guardian Interview Homework en Español

Grades 9/10: "Let's Talk" Parent/Guardian Interview Homework / en Español

Grades 11/12: "Planning for the Future" Parent/Guardian Interview Homework / en Español

Teen Talk Adapted for All Abilities: "Ask Your Adults" Parent/Guardian Homework en Español

Teen Talk Adapted for All Abilities: "Let's Talk" Parent/Guardian Homework en Español

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, 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!


Talk with your Kids

Tips for for being an Askable Adult for your child about sexuality from the earliest of ages.


Talk with your Kids (Communication Timeline)

Not sure when to start talking about consent, relationships, and sexual identities? Every child is different, but this timeline offers useful guidance & tips!


Palo Alto Medical Foundation Teen Health

Health information, FAQs, and resources for teenagers compiled by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


Talking to Kids about Sex and Sexuality

Planned Parenthood offers suggestions on how, when, and what to discuss with children about sex and sexuality.


How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexual Health

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


ACLU of Northern California

Resources for parents and community members about sex education in California.


WISE Initiative

A toolkit for community members to use to bring quality sex ed to your school.


Advocates for Youth

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


Adolescent Sexual Health Working Group

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. 


Go Ask Alice!

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, Etc.

Sex education by teens and for teens. Sex, Etc. features teen-produced sexual health stories, FAQs, resources, and forums.


Stay Teen

Information about sex, relationships, and contraception geared towards helping teens make informed decisions for their futures. Created by Power to Decide.


Lucile Packard Teen Health Resource

Health resource services available through the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.



Unsafe Relationships, Pregnancy, LGBTQ+ Issues, Online Safety & Bullying


One Love Foundation 

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.


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.


Backline 1.888.493.0092

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.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Promoting the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families through support, education, and adovcacy.

Connect Safely

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.

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