What is this service?
Family Maintenance (FM) provides time-limited supportive and protective services to families in crisis, designed to prevent or remedy abuse or neglect. This allows Social Workers to work with the family while keeping the child in the home. Services can include counseling, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, victim services, and parenting education. Family Maintenance can be court ordered or a voluntary agreement between the family and the Department that address specific behavioral issues and achieve family stabilization related goals.
If the family’s conditions do not improve or worsen and the child’s safety and well-being is at risk, the Social Services Department may petition the Juvenile Court to place the child/youth in out-of-home care.
Who can use this service?
This service is available to families in crisis in San Luis Obispo County, necessitating the provision of services and case management to ensure the child’s safety and well-being.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge.
When and where is this service offered?
Services are offered throughout the County of San Luis Obispo Social Services offices, which are open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed on County-observed holidays). During non-business hours, phone calls are forwarded to on-call staff who will gather the information and forward/respond accordingly.
The following numbers are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week:
- (805) 781-KIDS (5437); or
- (800) 834-5437
Location, directions and hours of operation
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SLO Social Services- Higuera
3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Arroyo Grande Social Services
1086 East Grand Avenue Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
681 West Tefft Street Suite 1 Nipomo, CA 93444
Atascadero Social Services
9415 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422
Paso Robles Social Services
406 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are Family Maintenance services offered?
Family Maintenance services are provided for a limited period, but may be extended under certain circumstances.
How will our Social Worker(s) help us?
The Social Worker will work with you to develop a case plan to overcome the circumstances that brought the need for Child Welfare Services intervention. Your Social Worker will refer you to community services and resources to support you in safely caring for your family. Your Social Worker will be available to support and monitor you and your family as you make progress in meeting your Child Welfare Services Case Plan.