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Youth Services

County of Santa Clara Resource Families Provide Lifeline to Those in Need

In effort to assist youth in need, the County of Santa Clara's Department of Family and Children's Services implemented a state program, the Resource Family Approval Program (RFA) to provide a much-needed home for those individuals. The RFA program also allows for emergency placements with relatives and unrelated extended family members. Once approved, resource families may be considered for foster care, guardianship, and adoption placement, depending on the family’s goals.

Health and Wellness

MedAssist Program Expansion Aims to Provide Financial Relief for Families

The County of Santa Clara’s MedAssist program has expanded its age and income qualifications, making the first-of-its-kind initiative available to even more people living in Santa Clara County. A family of four making up to $284,700 may how qualify for asthma inhalers, diabetes meds or EpiPen benefits.

Government Working For You


County Uses Drones to Reduce Mosquito Population

The County of Santa Clara Vector Control District has begun using unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to control mosquito larvae along San Francisco Bay as part of its mission to prevent West Nile virus and other vector-borne diseases.


County's Road Maintenance Workers Rise to the Challenge of Relentless Winter Storms

While most of us huddled indoors during the nonstop storms that pummeled the Bay Area from Dec. 26 to Jan. 16, the people who maintain 660 miles of unincorporated Santa Clara County roads and expressways worked around the clock, in harsh conditions, to keep the public safe, from clearing roads of downed trees and mudslides to unblocking debris-choked culverts.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Immigrant Relations

A Welcoming Home in Santa Clara County

From October 2021 to September 2022, Santa Clara County welcomed more than 180 individuals and families from Afghanistan as part of the Operation Allies Welcome program. In 2023, the program is projected to serve an additional 200-250 refugees.