San Francisco SOL Collaborative


San Francisco SOL (Safety, Opportunity, Lifelong relationships) Collaborative

What: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has awarded a three-year grant to a collaborative led by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, to implement a new continuum of care for the benefit of San Francisco youth, especially those who have experienced or may experience commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). This model will serve as a pilot with the intent of future statewide replication.

How: The continuum will include a protocol for referring youth to appropriate services, community-based case management that follows a young person over the course of their participation in the continuum, and the following mutually supportive components: (1) a multi-services drop-in center, (2) short-term residential therapeutic programs (STRTPs), (3) a new model of family-based foster care and wraparound support, (4) 24/7 coordinated mobile response and emergency services, and (5) rigorous evaluation of the continuum.

Why: With a goal of meeting youth where they are, the continuum builds on Prochaska & DiClemente’s stages of change model, which describes behavioral change in terms of motivation and readiness. This model approaches behavior change from a nonjudgmental perspective and respects youths’ agency.  The goal is to move towards safety and stabilization, understanding that behavior change is not a linear process and that the most meaningful change occurs on youths’ own terms, when they are ready.

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Brief Description of Services and Activities

DOSW (lead agency)

Monitor and coordinate project; interface with City departments; develop protocol.


Coordinate CSEC services for Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) beds and 24/7 Coordinated Response Team.

Freedom Forward

Oversee home-based foster care and HYPE (Helping Young People Elevate) Multi-Service Center components.

HSA - Family and Children's Services

Facilitate integration of new services funded by this program into San Francisco’s existing placement and services protocols, using the CSEC Steering Committee.

Family Builders

Provide resource family approval, training, and support for families and youth.

WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Provide mental health services for youth in family-based care and services center; provide training and ongoing consultation for key program staff and conduct evaluation of all elements, except for FAM (Family and Me) family based foster care pilot.

Edgewood Center for Children & Families

Provide STRTP beds for youth who have experienced or are at risk of CSE.

Berkeley Human Rights Center

Conduct rigorous independent evaluation of FAM (Family and Me) family based foster care pilot.


Mayor London Breed’s press release  

SF SOL Referrals and Website