One of the major goals of The Stephan Center is to help match needs with the resources available. These resources range from local support groups and faith communities to research programs, books, and training materials. We are constantly updating and adding to this list. If you have a suggestion for a resource or agency to add to the list, please e-mail us.

The Resources provided are grouped by various types of losses. Grieving occurs around many different loss situations beside death. We have organized the resources alphabetically by type of loss for ease in location. While some of the resources are region specific in most cases those organizations are linked to other similar services throughout the country addressing the same loss. Please contact us if you are in need of a support source which is not listed and we will find the appropriate resources for you. Click on a resource in the list below to get more information.

Addiction Support
Bereaved Parents (Support when a child dies)
Children Support
Disaster Preparation Resources
Financial Support
Foster Care Support Services
Illness Support Services
Incarceration Support Services
Mental Health
Military Deployment and Veteran Support Services
Parenting Support Services
Physical Impairments and Challenges
Senior Support Services/Care giving Support
Special Education/Needs
Widow and Widower Support
Youth and Teens

Addiction Support

Addiction Guide

Addiction-Recovery Recommended Links

Community Resources: The Effects of Addictions on Society

Education and Resources for Families and Patients

SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Bereaved Parents (Support when a child dies)

Addiction Guide

Bereaved Parents USA

Healing Heart

Compassionate Friends

Grieving Parents

Children Support

Camp Erin (now part of Eluna Network)

Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services
Phone: (773) 274-4600

Dougy Center

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center
2401 E. Gonzales Rd.
Suite 100
Oxnard, CA 93036
Main phone: (805) 485-9643
En Español: (805) 485-9892
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and 1st Saturday of the month: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

The Elizabeth Hospice
Hospice Care: 800-797-2050 (toll free)
Elizabeth Palliative Care: 833-349-2052 (toll free)
Grief Support: 833-349-2054 (toll free)
Physician Referrals: 833-349-2050 (toll free)

VNAIC Morning Star Center
18169 Bear Valley Rd.
Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: (760) 948-7249

Disaster Preparation Resources

American Red Cross
Questions, Comments, and other concerns: (800) 733-2767
Southern California:
National Website:

Disaster Relief Centers:

  • No-Burn Inc: Fire protective coating manufacturer: (330) 336-1500
  • No-Burn Inc Northeast PA: (570) 474-5330, Manufacturer inquiries – (800) 989-8577, ask for technical support
  • – Provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.

Government Offices Emergency Services (Cal OES)
California Governor’s Office – Emergency Service: (916) 845-8510
Cal OES contacts:

Financial Support Resources

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
3737 Main St. #400
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (800) 952-8356

Financial Assistance for homes – –

Habitat for Humanity

Local City Redevelopment Departments
Justyn Howard, Program Budget Manager for Department of Finance
915 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-1546

Local County Office of Aging

Relief, specific to disasters

USDA Rural Development
Toll free: 1 (800) 670-6533

Social Job Board

Foster Care Support

AARP/Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Articles related to Grandparents raising grandchildren:

California Children’s Services
General Website:
Sacramento County:
Phone: 916-445-4171 (Sacramento, CA)
Business hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-5 PM

CASA/GAL Association for Children

County Offices – California Department of Social Services

Foster and Kinship Care EducationGeneral Website:
Direct Page:

Foster Parent Association

Inspire Life Skills: For youth leaving the foster care system
Riverside and San Bernardino County: (951) 316-0011

Local County Departments of Social Services:

National Foster Parent Association

The Stephan Center
Phone: (951) 310-4944

Volunteers of America

Illness Support Resources

American Cancer Society

American Parkinson Disease Association

American Lung Association
Phone: 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)

American Heart Association

Assistance Dogs International – Results for Members who Serve California

Assisted Living Options for People with Disabilities

Caring Bridge
Phone: (651) 452-7940
Customer Care: (651) 789-2300
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

City of Hope

Department of Public Health (DPH) – State and Local

Housing and Health | Hiv.Gov

Life with Cancer

Medical Alert Service Dogs

Mesothelioma Center

Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos)

MS Society

National Resource Center on Lupus

Parkinson’s Foundation

Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Pediatric Oncology Resource Center

Resource Library | HIV/AIDS

St Jude Hospital

Support for Families When a Child Has Cancer

Incarceration Support Resources

Center for Restorative Justice Works

Department of Mental Health – Local County of Mental Health

Family Express Bus

Fellowship of Reconciliation
Phone: (845) 358-4601

Get on the Bus (California)

Support and Resources for Families and Victims


Housing and Health | Hiv.Gov

Info and Resources for LGBTQ Teens and Allies

LGBTQ Resource List | GLAAD

Resource Library | HIV/AIDS

Resources for families of LGBTQ Youth

The Safe Zone Project

Support Resources for LGBTQ Individuals and Families

The Trevor Project

Mental Health

Assistance Dogs International – Results for Members who Serve California

California Institute for Mental Health Solutions

Healing Companions

Local Departments of Mental Health

Mental Health Resources – Mental Health California

Mental Health Strategies for High School Students

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Mental Health Links

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Suicide Prevention Resources | AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Military Deployment and Veteran Support Services

American Widow Project

Armed Forces YMCAs

Military Spouse Support

Military Once Source: Military Spouse Support

Military and Veteran Benefit

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Office of Survivors Assistance

Operation We are Here

Resources for Veterans – Get the Help You Need

Society of Military Widows

Veterans Benefits Administration

VA Benefits for Service Members | Veteran Affairs

Vet Support Center – Aid and Attendance Benefits

Parenting Support Services

Families First Center 
Parent Education:

Dr. Jane Nelson – About Positive Discipline

Mental Health Strategies for High School Students

National Parent Helpline
Phone: 1-855-4APARENT (1-855-427-2736)

One Parent Foundation

Parent Education

Parent Education Programs – Child Welfare Information Gateway

Parents as Teachers
Phone: (314) 432-4330
Toll free: 1-(866) 728-4968

Parents Without Partners (Local Chapters)
Bellflower, CA: (562) 630-6275
Arcadia, CA: (626) 294-3211
Riverside, CA: (951) 353-0797
Torrance, CA: (310) 484-9153
San Diego, CA: (858) 597-9313
Valencia, CA: (661) 253-4785

Programs for Early Parenting

Programs for Parents: Comprehensive Services for Families and Children
Parent Education:

Shared Parenting for divorced or separated parents
Contact: Carol N. Greenfield, MA, MFT
Phone: (916) 924-1202

Single Mothers Outreach

Single Parent Support Network

The Stephan Center
Phone: (951) 310-4944

Teacher crafted learning activities

Physical Impairments and Challenges

Internet Navigation for the Visually Impaired

Vision Center

Senior Support Services and Care Giving Support


Aging in Place

Alzheimer Society

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resources | Alzheimer’s Association

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association

Elder Law 101

Elder Law and Disability Rights Center

Elder Law: Disability and Asset Protection Planning

Kisco Retirement Communities

Local County Office of Aging

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

Senior Law, Elder Abuse, Disability Rights Project

Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Trusts

What does an Elder Law Attorney Do?

What To Expect in a Memory Care Facility

When To Consider Memory Care

Special Education Needs

Americans with Disabilities Act


Assistance Dogs International – Results for Members who Serve California

Autism Society
Phone: (800) 328-8476

Autism Speaks

Autism Therapy Dogs – 10 Ways They Can Help Your Child with Autism

Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Best Online Tutoring of 2018

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2018

California Department of Education

California Independent Living Centers Locator

Cerebral Palsy Resources for Patients and Consumers

Down Syndrome: Center for Parent Information and Resources

Foundation for Autism Care, Education, and Services

Guide to Living Arrangements for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

How to Decide Between Autism Service Dogs & Autism Therapy Dogs

Independent Living Centers – CA Department of Rehabilitation

Inland Regional Center

Service Dogs for Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities

The Autism Community in Action (TACA)
Toll Free: (855) 726-7810
Local: (949) 640-4401

The Help Group (Autism support)

L’Arche USA
Phone: (503) 282-6231

Local School District Special Education Departments:

National Association for Down Syndrome

National Down Syndrome Society

Pacific Autism Center for Education

United Parents of Down Syndrome

Widow/Widower Support


California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA)

California State list; Hospice Care Services

Hospice Analytics: National Hospice Locator

Hot Young Widows Club (for men and women)

National Widowers Organization

Resources and Support for Widows

The Sisterhood of Widows

Soaring Spirits International
Phone: 877-671-4071

Society of Military Widows

Widow NetBereavement Support for Men and Women


Info and Resources for LGBTQ Teens and Allies

The Trevor Project

Mental Health Strategies for High School Students

The Dougy Center, Grief Support for Teens

The Jed Foundation

Teen Mental Health

Erika’s Lighthouse, Teen Toolbox