Resources & Links

Emergency PreparednessReadySBC

  • Get information on emergency preparedness, and current status of local emergencies such as wildfires and power shutoffs, at

General Information

  • 2-1-1 Information Line - In need of services and don't know where to turn? Just pick up the phone and call 211 (or visit to find resources for food, shelter, health care, child care, domestic abuse support, counseling, and many other services for families, seniors, veterans and more. The 211 service is free, confidential, and available 24/7 in over 150 languages.  

Health Coverage

Financial Assistance

Food Assistance

Job Services

Child Protection

  • California Department of Social Services  - State oversight and administration of programs serving California's most vulnerable residents
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council  - The Santa Barbara Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is a community council with the primary purpose of coordinating Santa Barbara County's efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Children's Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County  - Primary source of information and support to help parents make the selection of child care a smooth process
  • First 5 Santa Barbara County  - Works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county to support the health, early learning and well-being of children prenatal through age five (and their families)
  • Independent Living Program (ILP)  - ILP is a dynamic program designed to assist foster youth prepare for their initial years of living on their own
  • KIDS Network (Santa Barbara County) - The KIDS Network was created in 1991 as  a planning and advisory group reporting to the Board of Supervisors as well as a county-wide  interagency collaborative dedicated to implementing comprehensive integrated  services for children, youth and families
  • Mandated Reporter Training - Free online training from the state of California for those who are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect (e.g. school personnel, medical professionals, mental health & social workers, law enforcement, clergy)
  • Our County. Our Kids.  - The resource parent and kinship caregiver information, resource and support program of the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services, Child Welfare Services Division. 
  • Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council  - State mandated and operating under the authority of the Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools to plan and coordinate early care and education services 
  • TrustLine  - California's registry of in-home child care providers who have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records through the California Department of Justice

Adult Protection

  • California Department of Social Services  - State oversight and administration of programs serving California's most vulnerable residents
  • Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens  - Provides information for senior citizens and caregivers regarding local resources and tools to assist in their efforts to remain safe and secure in their homes and includes the Santa Barbara County Senior Resource Directory, Hiring In Home Help Guide, Emergency Assistance Guide and more
  • Adult & Aging Network (Santa Barbara County)  - A group of service providers and stakeholders who coordinate efforts and advise elected officials regarding older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Investigates complaints made by or on behalf of residents of care facilities (nursing homes, residential care facilities for the elderly a.k.a board-and-care homes, and assisted living facilities.