Department of Social Services

Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services (CWS) helps protect children and preserve families, by:

  • Assessing and investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect.
  • Offering voluntary or court-ordered services to families to ensure child safety in the home and strengthen the family.
  • Arranging placements and services for children for whom a safe return home is not possible.

Resource Families provide a crucial service by providing care for children in foster care until they can be returned to their parents or be permanently placed with a family for adoption. If you are interested in becoming a resource family, or would like to learn more about our Resource Family Approval Program, please visit our Foster Care page.

Our Adoptions Unit works to find loving, permanent homes for children in foster care. If you are interested in becoming a resource family, or would like to learn more about adoptions through the Child Welfare System, visit our Adoptions page.

The Independent Living Program (ILP) helps Foster and Probation youth ages 14-21 years of age to prepare for successful independent living after emancipation. For more information, please visit our ILP page.

The Department also administers two community networks of child-focused public and private organizations. The KIDS Network advises the County Board of Supervisors on child and family issues, provides data on child well-being, and supports key initiatives benefiting children and families. The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) coordinates countywide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, and provides resources and presentations to community groups and service providers working with families. For more information on the KIDS Network and CAPC, please visit our Community Networks page.

Child Welfare Services constantly strives to improve our services. You'll find our CWS Assessment and Improvement Plans and Updates on the Data & Reports page.


Child Abuse & Neglect
Reporting Hotline

24-Hour Number
(800) 367-0166

If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

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