General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    2135 Fresno Street, Suite 100
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • DSS IVR System (Case Info):
    (559) 600-1DSS (1377) or toll-free 1 (877) 600-1377. To speak to a worker, call 1-855-832-8082 between 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Child Protective Services Hotline:
    (559) 255-8320 and / or (559) 266-2463 Fax Number
  • Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services Hotline:
    1 (800) 418-1426 or (559) 600-3383 or (559) 230-1976 (Fax Number)
  • Email Department

Foster Care Services

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Contact the Foster Care
Recruitment Line


There are thousands of children in the foster care system who are in need of temporary out-of-home care because they have either suffered some form of abuse or neglect, or have been voluntarily placed by their birth parents or guardians due to a momentary inability to provide for the child's daily needs.  The preferred placement of children who require out-of-home care is with relatives or mentors.  If a relative or mentor home is not available, foster parents provide a supportive and stable environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved.  In most cases, the foster parents work with the Department of Social Services' staff and community partners to reunite the child with his or her parents.


Thinking of becoming a Foster Parent?

  1. Attend an orientation
  2. Submit a licensing application
  3. Complete a criminal background and child welfare history check
  4. Pass an inspection for health and safety
  5. Complete pre-placement training series

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Already a Foster Parent?  



Heart Gallery - small

The Fresno County Heart Gallery is an innovative and unique traveling photographic exhibit of adoptable children and sibling groups who are dependents of Fresno County and who dream of having a "forever family". Local photographers donate their time to capture the distinctive personality of each child. 

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