The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services provides public services that promote self-sufficiency, health and well-being.  These programs help ensure the protection of children, the elderly and dependent adults, and provide a safety net for individuals and families who need assistance with basic necessities, such as food, housing and health care.

Mission

We partner with the community to enhance self-sufficiency while ensuring that safety and basic human needs are met for the people of San Luis Obispo County.

Vision

A responsible and caring community:  Safe, Resilient, and Healthy

Guiding Principles

  • We strive to eliminate poverty and abuse
  • We believe all people have strengths
  • We work together to assist in removing barriers and finding solutions
  • We strive to meet the unique needs of each community, family, and individual
  • We commit to fairness and equity

Featured News

Two Firefighters holding toy donations Click to view article, Operation Santa at The Department of Social Services was Incredibly Successful

Operation Santa at The Department of Social Services was Incredibly Successful

Thanks to the generosity of our local community, the Department of Social Services has completed another successful Operation Santa gift distribution. Hundreds of needy local children received gifts of toys and clothes for the holiday.

Christmas trees with tricycles in front of the trees Click to view article, 2019 Foster/Adopt Family Christmas Extravaganza

2019 Foster/Adopt Family Christmas Extravaganza

The Department of Social Services is proud to share how in this case foster/adopt families benefit when members of the community take action to serve those in need. The Grace Bible Church’s Foster/Adopt Ministry hosted 485 children and 390 adults for the 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza.

Family with arms raised, holding hands in front of ocean at sunset Click to view article, ASIST Program Supports Foster Care Youth

ASIST Program Supports Foster Care Youth

ASIST Program funding supports youth transitioning from residential placements to home-based foster care.

County of San Luis Obispo Employees Posing with the Board of Supervisors Click to view article, Local County Leaders Raise Awareness During National Foster Care Month

Local County Leaders Raise Awareness During National Foster Care Month

Mayors and City Council Members Answer the Call to Help Youth in their Community

Contact Social Services

Child Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)

Adult Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011
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