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California Family Urgent Response System (Cal-FURS)

FURS is a coordinated statewide, regional, and county-level system designed to provide county-level in-home, in-person mobile response during situations of instability. A toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week staffed with caring counselors trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques for children and youth impacted by trauma. 

County Mobile Response and Stabilization Teams are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Re-entering Foster Care 

In California, if you’re in foster care at age 18, you have the option to stay in foster care until age 21. Even if you leave foster care, then change your mind, you may have the option to go back into foster care until you reach 21. This link offers guidance and numbers to call for re-entering the foster system.  

Just In Time (San Diego County)   

When transition-age youth (18-26) leave the System, Just in Time invites them to join a reliable, responsive, and real community that helps them become Confident, Capable and Connected. 

Alliance for Children’s Rights 

By using the Seeking Assistance Tab at the top right, you can find help with transitional housing and mentors. 

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At Altus Schools, we have developed a comprehensive mental health program that consists of several elements designed to support students directly and build staff capacity to create safe and supportive learning environments that are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and that connect students and families to appropriate resources. Highlights of our mental health program include (1) teachers who are specially trained in suicide screening, trauma-informed practices, human trafficking prevention, and socio-emotional learning; (2) strategic partnerships with community organizations to provide mental health services; (3) a team of school nurses; (4) a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; (5) a Healthy Youth Department that coordinates student webinars and professional learning to support students’ mental health and wellness; (6) student webinars with socio-emotional learning through our Resilience in Students and Education (RISE) series; (7) suicide prevention, intervention and postvention protocols; (8) tools for connecting students and families to information resources; (9) parent/guardian webinars through our Family Learning Series on student mental health, wellness, and community resources; and (10) administration of special programs and coordination of services for identified student groups.