Contact DCFS

Child abuse, in all its forms, has a lasting and negative effect on children, families and their community. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or know of a family that may need additional support or access to resources, please contact DCFS immediately. The Hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Toll-free within California: (800) 540-4000
Outside California: (213) 639-4500
TDD [Hearing Impaired]: (800) 272-6699


Mandated Reporting     Regional Offices


If you are having trouble finding the information you are looking for, review our Frequently Asked Questions for more resources, including identifying signs of abuse, as well as information for parents, youth, and prospective and current foster parents. You can also email us using the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Email Public Inquiries

Email Public Inquiries

DCFS would like to hear from you! If you have any questions, please send us a message by filling out the form below and our Public Inquiries office will get back to you shortly.

This form is for Public Inquiries only, and should NOT be used to report suspected child abuse or neglect. If you suspect that a child is in danger, please call the Child Protection Hotline.



Contact Information

DCFS Headquarters

(213) 351-5507

LA County 211

(800) 339-6993 or visit

Public Information

(213) 351-5602 or email

California Public Records Act Requests

News media: Members of the public:

Missing Children


File a Complaint

(888) 889-9800

Runaway Children


Parent Numbers

Preventive and Support Services

(213) 518-6601

Out-of-Home Care

(626) 569-6806

Juvenile Dependency Court

(323) 526-6004

Juvenile Dependency Court Clerk’s Office

(323) 307-8098

Youth Numbers

Foster Youth Helpline

(877) 846-1602

Youth Ombudsman Office

(877) 846-1602

Transition Aged Youth (16+) Helpline

(877) 694-5741

Juvenile Dependency Court

(323) 526-6004

Juvenile Dependency Court Clerk’s Office

(323) 307-8098

Family Urgent Response System

(833) 939-3877

Caregiver Numbers

Foster Care Hotline

(800) 697-4444

Caregiver Warmline (7 days a week)

(877) 323-7165

Foster and Adoption Recruitment

(888) 811-1121

Family Urgent Response System

(833) 939-3877

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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