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333 E. Washington Street
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Emergency Response

The Children's Services Division's focus is to preserve the family unit whenever possible, but the number one priority is insuring the safety of our children.  Child Protective Services investigates reports of abuse or neglect of children.  Reports can be made any time, day or night, 7 days a week.


Once a report is made, an investigation is conducted that may result in one or more of the following services being provided to the child and his/her family:

  • Family Social Work
    The Family Social Work programs provides ongoing court-ordered services to parents and their children in two ways:

    • Family Maintenance
      These services are offered to those parents and children who need close monitoring at home.

    • Family Reunification
      These time-limited services are provided to those families whose children have been removed by Juvenile Court due to the high level of risk to the children.

  • Permanent Placement (PP)
    is designed to provide an alternative permanent family structure for children who cannot safely return to their parents. The placements are either long-term foster care or legal guardianship.

  • Foster Care
    The Foster Care program provides a home and family oriented environment for those children needing a temporary or long-term home.

  • Adoption
    The Adoption Program provides services for children needing permanent homes, adoptive home studies for prospective adoptive parents and post adoption services.

  • Treatment Program
    The Treatment Program provides out-of-home placements of children in need of specialized services for mental, emotional, behavioral, or physical problems.

  • Independent Living Program
    The Independent Living Program is integrated with the Foster Care Program and is designed to prepare older foster youth for life beyond foster care.

Additionally, it is the County's responsibility to provide a safe haven for children needing emergency removal from his or her home due to suspected physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation, any time of the day or night.  This care and service is provided through Mary Graham Children's Shelter.


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