General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-6400
  • Address:
    PO Box 1912
    Fresno, CA 93718-9888
  • Child Protective Services Hotline:
    (559) 255-8320 and / or (559) 266-2463 Fax Number
  • Adult Protective Services Hotline:
    1 (800) 418-1426 or (559) 600-3383 or (559) 230-1976 (Fax Number)
  • Children's Mental Health Crisis Services Hotline:
    (559) 453-3860
  • Email Department

DSS Child Welfare

 Recruitment, Development and Support Be a Fresno County Foster Parent! Our children need safe and loving homes.
For more information please click here

Recruitment is everybody's business! 
Learn more here.

First step to becoming a Foster Parent.   Attend an Orientation!  
2012 Foster Care Orientation Schedule  English   

   California Connected by 25 Initiative

Click here for programs that help foster youth prepare for adulthood

Visit our Independent Living Program  (ILP) web site.

 Self EvaluationStay informed!

Find Child Welfare Data used to assess effectiveness and improvement.  

Access AB636 documents such as the County Self Assessment and the System Improvement Plan.  

Read the Institutional Analysis.  

Team Decision MakingBe part of a team that works to keep children in their homes, neighborhoods and schools.

   Building Community Partnerships

View Neighborhood Collaboratives - Work together with us and other community partners!
Click here to find out how to become a community rep!

 Other Family to Family Information

Together We Can! The Family to Family Initiative was developed in 1993 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a response to the overwhelming challenges faced by the Child Welfare System. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopted it on April 29, 2003.

The initiative seeks to reform foster care as a first step to making changes throughout the Child Welfare System. Community partners can play a big role. By working together we can strengthen, support and protect families and children.

Annie E. Casey's F2F Resources
Family To Family California

Goals and Strategies

Child Protective Services 24 Hour Hotline
(559) 255-8320

Children's Mental Health Crisis Services
(559) 453-3860

Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services
24 Hour Hotline:
1 (800) 418-1426 or (559) 600-3383

  Safely Surrendered Babies. There is an option. Don't abandon your baby.

A Family

       Community Based Services   -   Court Services    -    Resources

       Community Based Services

       Court Services

       Directory of Community Services

Reports and Forms
       California Foster Care Data
       Child Welfare Acronyms
       Complaint Form
       Pregnant/Parenting Foster Teens Report
       Primer: Understanding CalWORKs (Div. 31)
       Primer: Understanding The Child Welfare 
                   System in California 
       Standing Order
       Youth Permanency Handbook
       Father and Son  

Child Welfare Law

The work of Child Welfare is directed by State and Federal Law which then guides Regulations and Policies in place at all levels, from the Federal level all the way down to the Local Agency level. Following are two links to more specific information about Federal and State Law.

Federal Law
California State Law