Welcome Caregivers

Opening up your home to a child—whether temporarily or permanently—can be both rewarding and daunting. DCFS staff is here to help you through the Resource Family Approval process, connect you with support, and provide answers to your questions.

As part of our resource family community, we want to help you make a difference in the life of a child.

The Department of Children and Family Services operates with three main goals in mind: SafetyWell-Being, and Permanency.

We invite you to read more about What We Do for children across Los Angeles County, and to explore the pages below to help guide you through the DCFS process.


Ready to become a Resource Family? Start your online application now or call (888) 811-1121 for more information.

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Child Protection Hotline

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Toll Free within California

(800) 540-4000

Outside of California

(213) 639-4500

TDD - Hearing Imparied

(800) 272-6699