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Department of Health Services

Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health

Infant and Children's Health

Five babies in diapers

Health is about more than not being sick. Kids thrive when they have regular healthcare and dental care, good school programs, excellent childcare, healthy food and healthy activities.

Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health is dedicated to promoting physical, social, and emotional health and well-being for pregnant persons, children, adolescents, and their families through information, education, and resources. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, and anti-racist values. All community members are welcome and safe to use our services.

    Newborn Checklist

    New parents kissing baby Birth certificate, check. Medi-Cal, check. Kisses, check.


    mother breastfeeding baby Sonoma County is a breastfeeding friendly community.


    Young woman with mask showing off vaccine bandaid Childhood immunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases.

    • Learn more about the recommended vaccinations for kids from birth to age 6 in English and in Spanish. Learn more about vaccinations for kids ages 7-18 in English and in Spanish.
    • KidsHealth has information about childhood vaccinations in English and Spanish, and even helps you comfort a baby during shots!
    • Questions about COVID vaccines for kids 6 months & older? has the answers you are looking for from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    • Worried about the cost of vaccinations? The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can help!

    Dental Health

    Two kids demonstrating how to brush teeth Kids should have their first dental visit around 6 months of age, and every 6 months after that!

    Healthy Food

    Family having a healthy meal Eat healthy food together for better physical and emotional health

    • Find local food pantry's, hot food and diapers with the Redwood Empire Food Bank Food Finder
    • Sonoma County Office of Education Free Lunch Program and Map with pickup locations and information.

    Healthy Activities

    Four kids examining nature with a magnifying glass Lower Stress (yours and the kids) by getting outside and getting active!


    Three kids in preschool Find licensed childcare providers for kids of any age.


    Two kids with masks touching elbows For home visiting programs supporting Early Childhood Education see our Home Visiting Resources

    Kids spend about 1,000 hours a year in school!

    Behavioral Health

    six young friends smiling Even kids sometimes struggle with sadness, loss, and troubling thoughts. Support is available for kids.

    Developmental Assessments

    Baby putting rings on a stick All kids receive regular developmental assessments at their doctor well child visits starting at 2 months of age.


    Baby sleeping in a crib Safest sleep means baby is on her back, on her own sleep surface, with a firm mattress and no bedding or toys that could accidentally cover her face or block her ability to breathe.

    • You can learn more about Safe Sleep for babies here
    • Sonoma County offers support for families who have suffered the loss of a child during pregnancy, in infancy, and beyond. Please see our website or call us at (800) 427-8982.
    • Injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger. But most child injuries can be prevented. Parents and caregivers can play a life-saving role in protecting children from injuries. Learn more about child safety at the CDC Child Safety website.
    • Sonoma County MCAH partners with the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs) to provide free car seats to low income families who cannot otherwise afford a car seat. Our goal is to reduce the number of injuries from motor vehicle crashes by increasing the correct usage of car seats. Learn how to install your child’s car seat correctly and receive the most current safety information.
      To schedule an appointment please call one of our bilingual schedulers: Maria Lopez 707-522-1413 x 151 or Sandra Lemus 707-522-1413 X133.
    • Not sure if your child's car seat is correctly installed? The Santa Rosa Area office of the California Highway Patrol can help with a free car seat installation check. Call 707-588-1400. The CHP Area office is located at 6100 Labath Avenue, Rohnert Park.

    Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

    Three disabled kids blowing bubbles California serves families of children and youth who have one or more chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions to ensure optimal health and quality of life for all children and their families.

    • California Children’s Services is a state program for children and youth with special healthcare needs. This program will connect you with doctors and trained health care people.
    • North Bay Regional Center provides early intervention support for infants and toddlers with disabilities, and children’s services for kids over 3 years.
    • Matrix supports families of children with special needs through a parent network and a resource center.

    Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP)

    Baby making doctor laugh CHDP can provide your family with assistance for medical appointment scheduling, transportation and access to treatment services. This program is free to all children covered under Medi-Cal

    • Here is a brochure about the program in English and español
    • Learn more and find out if you are eligible for this program by calling: (707) 565-4460