Department of Social Services


Child Welfare Services provides social workers specializing in Adoptions, serving all areas of the county. Our Adoptions Unit works to find loving, permanent homes for children in the Foster Care System. 

Our services include:

  • Consulting and answering any questions regarding the adoption of children through the Child Welfare System
  • Accepting applications and licensing person(s) who want to adopt children through the Child Welfare System
  • Matching children to families that can best meet their needs and provide a permanent loving home
  • Completing Adoptive Home Studies for our homes where children are placed to be adopted
  • Providing services to assist families through the court and adoption process

We also provide relinquishment services. This means we work with parents who want to relinquish a child to be adopted.

All of our adoptions are finalized through Santa Barbara County's  Juvenile Court, which streamlines the process of adopting a child.

If you are interested in becoming a resource family, or would like further information, please call 1-866-899-2649.


My husband and I are first time foster care / adoption parents and are learning how things work; it was helpful having you explain things a little more. We appreciate your efforts in getting us on track for the allotment payments, so we can continue with the childrens' school and co-curricular activity expenses. We went to court on Friday and legally adopted our sibling group of five (ages five through nine). Thank you so much.
-A Client

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