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Information For Parents And Caregivers

Research tells us that kids and teens who have regular conversations with their parents and caregivers about sex and relationships are less likely to take risks with their sexual health, and more likely to be healthy and safe. It’s never too early and it’s never too late to start talking with your kid about sex and relationships.

Don’t worry if your kid is in middle or high school and you haven’t started talking with them about this stuff yet. There are lots of ways to get the conversation going. Just don’t try to “catch up” all at once — that can be overwhelming. It’s better to have lots of little talks over time. The most important thing is to make it really clear to your kid that they can ask you questions or come to you for support without fear of shame or judgment.

Talking sex, puberty, and relationships: A resource for parents and caregivers.

Websites and books to help have these conversations.

Sexual Health Education In Schools

  • Parent Fact Sheet - Learn how the 2016 California Healthy Youth Act impacts your child and comprehensive sexual health education at their school.
  • California Healthy Youth Act - Read the ACLU's fast facts about CHYA.
  • Take Action! ACLU Toolkit - Check out the ACLU's Advocacy Toolkit to ensure your local schools provide comprehensive sexual health education.

Recursos en Español


Youtube Series

Youtube Series

Check out Planned Parenthood's educational videos! This channel has dozens of informative videos about health relationships, sex, reproductive health, and more. 

Support For Parents And Caregivers

Support groups and information for parents/caregivers:

  • PFLAG - The PFLAG Chapter Network--with over 400 chapters across the country--provides confidential peer support, education, and advocacy to LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies.
  • Gender spectrum - Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
  • Gender unicorn - The Gender Unicorn is a resource developed by Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) that shows the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and physical & emotional attraction.
  • Pronouns - Educate yourself and your youth about gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression — and be a good role model. Your youth may start to have lots of questions about gender and sexual orientation. Learn more so you can be more confident in your answers.