A Better Way

Locations in Berkeley, Fairfield, Hayward, Oakland, and San Francisco

A Better Way offers expert, trauma-informed behavioral health services to some of the Bay Area’s most vulnerable children, youth and families. We are dedicated to serving children and youth who are in – or at risk of entering – foster care.

Website: A Better Way

Dimensions Clinic at Castro-Mission Health Center

San Francisco

Offers comprehensive medical and mental health services for youth (ages 12-25).  The mission of Dimensions’ Mental Health team is to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals lead healthy and connected lives, strengthening our diverse communities.  Dimensions also has a weekly transgender & gender variant support group.  This group is run by trans counselors and tg/gv young people 25 & under are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis.

Website: Dimensions Clinic at Castro-Mission Health Center

Family Builders

Family Builders helps find permanent, loving families for children and youth who identify as LGBTQ in the foster care system.

Website: Family Builders

Our Space

Hayward, CA
Our Space is an LGBTQ youth community center that holds the experiences, strengths and needs of our systems-involved youth.  Provides mental health and case management services.  Specializes in foster care youth.

Website: Our Space

Pacific Center for Human Growth, East Bay GBLT Community Center

Berkeley, CA
(51 0) 548-8283

Dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of our LGBTQ community, Pacific Center offers affordable, dependable, and effective counseling. Also provides peer support groups.

Website: Pacific Center for Human Growth, East Bay GBLT Community Center 

QTY Treehouse

Email:  qtytreehouse@hi4youth.org
1684 7th Street, Oakland, CA  94607
Tues/Wed/Thurs 4-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
The QTY’s mission is to serve queer and trans youth, particularly those of color and homeless.  The QTY is a drop-in space for youth to utilize.

Website: QTY Treehouse

Rainbow Community Center-Contra Costa

The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County foster a sense of community among LGBTQ persons and enhances their lives by providing social opportunities, health and wellness services, political and educational programs, and is guided by a commitment to acceptance and equality.

Website: Rainbow Community Center-Contra Costa

Somos Familia

Provides support for Latino families whose children are LGBTQ.  Somos Families was started by two mothers who shared a similar experiences.  Services provided are:  Educational flyers, brochures, videos, workshops, and presentations.  Support groups and social activities in the East Bay.

Website: Somos Familia

TransGender San Francisco

Offers services, resources, advocacy and support to the transgender community.

Website: TransGender San Francisco

Trevor Lifeline

Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.  Services include the following:

  • Trevor Lifeline – A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
  • TrevorChat – A free, confidential secure instant messaging support service
  • TrevorText – A free, confidential text messaging service
  • TrevorSpace – An online community for LGBTQ young people and their friends

Website: Trevor Lifeline

UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic

Offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support in San Francisco.

Website: Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic
Additional Oakland Location

West Coast Children’s Clinic

Therapists provide gender affirming mental health services. Services are clinic based, school based, or home based and community based.

Website: West Coast Children’s Clinic