Child Welfare Services

For more information, call the KidsLine at 877-792-KIDS (5437).

Child Welfare Services (CWS) is committed to excellence in the delivery of culturally competent, family-centered and child-focused protective 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. Investigations are conducted in a thorough and professional manner. Family interventions are completed in the least intrusive manner necessary for the protection of the child. In addition to these services, CWS administers the following: Polinsky Children’s Center, a 24-hour facility for the temporary emergency shelter of children; San Pasqual Academy, a first-in-the-nation residential education campus for adolescent foster youth; foster care eligibility and licensing; group home placement services for foster youth with emotional and behavioral issues; services to emancipating foster youth; adoptive home assessments and placements; and critical support services to regional operations.

Services offered by Child Welfare Services (CWS):


 Parent's Guide to CWS and Juvenile Court


  Una Guia del Sistema Bienestar al Menor 

                   Pare Padres de


Parent's Guide to CWS and Juvenile Court

                        ICWA Version

            Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)