Carissa Spurlock, Torrance DCFS Office, is a champion for families. She goes above and beyond to keep families together and reunite families wherever possible. In one case, a child’s grandmother…Read The Full Story »
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services promotes child safety and well-being by partnering with communities to strengthen families, keeping children at home whenever possible, and connecting them with stable, loving homes in times of need.
DCFS operates with three main goals in mind for the children under our care: Safety, Well-Being and Permanency. We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to loving and safe homes, and that families have what they need to help their children thrive.
Director Bobby D. Cagle, a former foster child and longtime social worker, works closely with Chief Deputy Director Brandon T. Nichols, a 13-member executive team and nearly 9,000 staff across 20 regional offices, specialized bureaus, and administrative services to cover a broad array of services and programs to support children and families in crisis.
DCFS is one of 35 Los Angeles County Departments governed by the five-member Board of Supervisors.
Approaches to child welfare have changed greatly over the years as societal norms and expectations have shifted. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services originates from the Office of Superintendent of Children’s and Women’s Work that formed in 1891 to care for destitute women and their children under the guidelines of the 1851 Poor Law. In 1903, the First Juvenile Court in California was established, and in 1913, the first iteration of DCFS as we know it today was created under the Department of Charities.