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Information for Youth

Youth are always welcome at Planned Parenthood. This page provides more information for youth regarding their rights, how to access services, and more information on sexual health.  

Know your sexual health rights  

All minors in California have the right to consent to the following services without parent/guardian permission or notification: 

  • All pregnancy-related care, including pregnancy testing, prenatal care, and abortion. 

  • Contraception 

  • STI testing, treatment, and prevention (12 and older) 

  • All youth are allowed to leave school for sexual health services without their parents/guardians being notified. Every school handles this differently, so you may need to check in with a school counselor to find out more information. Need support? You can reach out to us and we’ll do our best to assist you.  

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Youth in foster care have ALL the above rights and in addition have the following rights: 

  • Choose the provider they want to see, if they are covered by Medi-Cal or other approved insurance (this includes all Planned Parenthoods).  

  • Transportation to a medical visit in a timely manner.  

  • Right to keep personal items in one’s own private storage space.  

  • Youth have the right to fair and equal access to services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits.  

  • More rights and the contact information for the Foster Ombudsman are available here. (https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/FMUForms/M-P/PUB490.pdf) 

 

Planned Parenthood encourages youth to identify a trusted adult in your life that can help you navigate seeking care. We are happy to support facilitating those conversations if needed. We are here for you no matter what.  

Looking for info on sex, relationships, your body, and more?  
 

You can view information on these topics and many more.  Click here to learn more.

Looking for additional local resources? Click below to view our Youth Community Resource Guide

FAQ for Youth

Can youth come to Planned Parenthood health centers? 
 

Youth are always welcome at any of our health centers. To schedule an appointment – click here or call us at (626) 798-0706 

What can I expect during my visit? 

Our front office staff will help check you in once you arrive to the health center.  If you are a new patient, you will have forms to fill out (such as a health history, consent for services, etc.) at your first visit. Staff members can help you fill out these forms if you need help.  

Once you are registered in our computer system, you’ll be called to the back office. A medical assistant will get your vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure) and ask some basic questions, such as the reason for the visit. Our staff with ask you some questions regarding sexual violence and domestic violence.  

Depending on the services you want/need, you may see a registered nurse or a nurse practitioner or the medical assistant may take care of all of your needs that day. If you are having symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, such as unusual discharge, pelvic pain, pain with urination, etc., you will likely need an exam by a nurse practitioner. You may be asked to provide a urine or blood sample in case we need to run tests (such as for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections).   

Will my parents/guardians need to know I visited Planned Parenthood? What are my privacy rights? 

Our health centers provide confidential services, so your parents/guardians do not have to know that you came for a visit.  In some cases, we are required by law to report certain issues or situations to agencies that can help you. For your safety, some things cannot stay confidential. By law, we have to contact someone for help if you say you are:  

  • Being sexually and/or physically abused 

  • Going to hurt yourself or someone else 

  • Involved in sex trafficking or being exploited  

  • Are under 14 years and having sex with someone 14 or older 

  • Are under 16 years and having sex with someone who is 21 or older  

If you have any questions about your privacy rights, you can ask any Planned Parenthood staff member. We're here to help. 

How much will it cost? 

In California, most reproductive health services are covered by Medi-Cal or Family PACT, so there would be no cost to you. We can sign you up for Family PACT when you come in for your visit, if needed.  

If you're covered by private insurance, you may use your insurance to help pay for the visit. You can fill out a Confidential Communication Request to keep insurance information confidential. Visit: myhealthmyinfo.org if you want more information. You can also contact our Patient Navigator for help. 

For any services not covered by the above, we are able to offer a sliding scale payment option.

What should I bring with me to a visit? 

If you have them, it is a good idea to bring your Medi-Cal, Family PACT or insurance card(s) and a picture ID, such as a driver’s license or school ID. No one will be turned away for not being able to produce these items, but you are strongly encouraged to bring them if possible.   

How can I get involved with Planned Parenthood?  

PPPSGV currently offers two youth programs. Click here to learn more.

You can also volunteer with us. Click here to learn more.

Where can I access information on school harassment policies?

Our PPPSGV's Peer Advocates developed a guide that provides students with information about what to do if they experience sexual assault or harrassment. 

What is the youth patient navigator program?

We have a designated staff member to support our youth patients to feel prepared, empowered and equipped for their time at one of our PPPSGV health centers. The staff member, known as a Patient Navigator, is specifically trained to work with youth (anyone under 18) and is ready to help YOU understand your care. To schedule an appointment, ask questions about insurance or talk about our services, you can reach the Youth Patient Navigator at 626.798.0706