Child Welfare Services (CWS)

Child Welfare Services, sometimes referred to as Child Protective Services (CPS), aims to provide for the safety and stability of children and youth who are at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Child Welfare Services offer a broad variety of services and programs developed to protect the children and youth of our community from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by their parent(s) or caregiver(s). 

Most parents want to be good parents.  They do their best under sometimes stressful circumstances. The Department's priority is to provide services and support parents in finding ways to keep their child safely in the family home when possible and appropriate.  When this cannot be safely accomplished, reunification services may be offered to facilitate the return of the child to the family home. 

Services

Adoption Assistance

Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Services

Emergency Response (ER)

Extended Foster Care (EFC) through California Assembly Bill 12 (AB12)

Family Maintenance

Family Reunification

Independent Living Program (ILP)

Permanency Planning

Resource Family Approval (RFA)

Safely Surrender a Baby

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
  • Mandated Reporter