To report suspected adult abuse call
(530) 841-4200 during business hours or call the adult & children's
hotline at (530) 842-7009 after business hours.
Child Protective Services provides 24 hour emergency response to
referrals of child abuse or neglect. Allegations are investigated by
a social worker who assesses risk to the child. If the child is
determined to be unsafe in the home, s(he) may be taken into
protective custody by law enforcement and removed from the home.
The Court Process: When
a child is taken into protective custody, the child may be placed in
a licensed foster home or with an approved relative or non-related
extended family member. The law requires that a petition be filed in
Juvenile Court within two (2) work days and heard at a Detention
Hearing within three (3) work days. Attorneys are appointed to
represent the parents and the child. It make take several hearings
to agree on the best plan for ensuring the child's safety.
Family Maintenance services are provided to families in which
children can reside safely in their own homes but who require
ongoing supervision. These services can be provided on a voluntary
basis or can be ordered by the Court.
Family Reunification services are provided to families in which
children are temporarily placed in out-of-home care with the goal
that they return to their own home when it is safe to do so.
Parents have six to twelve months to show the Court that they can
provide a safe environment for their child. The child is either
returned home during that period, or further hearings are set to
establish a permanent plan for the child. The permanent plan, in
order of preference, is adoption, guardianship, or long term foster
A few facts about
Most child abuse and neglect cases are closed after initial
intake services are provided.
Out-of-home care includes children placed with relatives,
non-related extended family members and children in foster
homes, group homes, institutions and hospitals.
About three-fourths of children entering out-of-home care in
California were removed from their homes due to general neglect,
largely related to parental substance abuse.
Approximate Number of children in