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Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services (CWS) investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect and intervenes with families who do not meet the minimum community standards of health and safety as required by law

960 children were receiving in-home family services and 2,365 children were in out-of-home care on July 1, 2017 (excluding Non-Minor Dependents)

367 foster youth received services from the extended foster youth program (AB 12), as of July 1, 2017

42,485 reports of abuse were received, resulting in 22,574 investigations during the 16-17 fiscal year


Child Welfare Services administers the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children's Center, a 24-hour facility for the temporary emergency shelter of children who must be separated from their families for their own safety or when parents cannot provide care.

The average daily population at Polinsky is 25 youth with an average length of stay of days

San Pasqual Academy is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens as they prepare for college and/or a career path. 

90 youth currently reside at the San Pasqual Academy monthly    

Foster and adoptive resource family services are provided for birth parents, applicant families and children needing permanent homes

Approximately 6,600 families per month receive financial resources and support through the Adoption Assistance Program

An average of 185 families are approved and waiting to be matched with a child awaiting adoption each month

An average of 494 adoptions are finalized annually

An average of 40 children are waiting to be adopted in San Diego County each month


Child Welfare Services