Welcome Parents

DCFS social workers are trained. They are trained to listen to you, to help you identify your strengths and underlying needs and to empower you to address those needs and provide a safe home for your children.

Whether you can benefit from individual and group therapy, parenting classes, access to health care, substance abuse treatment, financial assistance, or a myriad of other services, DCFS can connect you with community experts to strengthen your family.

Whenever it is safe to do so, children will remain at home while parents receive the services they need. However, in some instances, children may need to be placed with caregivers such as relatives or foster parents, also known as Resource Families. During that time, DCFS will work toward reunifying you with your children by addressing safety concerns and building a support team around you and your family.

The Department of Children and Family Services operates with three main goals in mind: Safety, Well-Being, and Permanency. We invite you to read more about What We Do for families across Los Angeles County, and to explore the pages below to help guide you through the DCFS process.

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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
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