Child Welfare Services (CWS) is committed to excellence in the delivery of culturally competent, family-centered and child-focused protective services. CWS investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect and intervenes with families to prevent or remedy neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children while preserving, rehabilitating, or reuniting families. Another major responsibility of CWS is to assure adequate care of children who are in out-of-home care. Calaveras County CWS believes that families can grow and change.
Children’s Services is charged with protecting the safety and well-being of all children in the community. Children’s Services investigates all reports of concern of child abuse or neglect. When a family becomes involved with Children’s Services, they may work with several social workers. Different services will be offered depending upon the needs of each family.
Emergency Response (ER)
Emergency Response provides 24-hour daily response to allegations of child abuse and neglect. Community members reporting abuse call our ER Hotline where a social worker takes each report and makes a determination on how to proceed by assessing the referral information with a focus on present and potential future risk to the child. An assessment tool assists the social worker in determining how to respond and what priority to assign that referral. If an investigation reveals a child is at risk of abuse or neglect, emergency response prevention services may be offered for a maximum of 30 days. Services include case management, counseling, emergency in-home caretakers, parenting training, teaching and demonstrating homemaking skills, and transportation.
Ongoing Services - Family Reunification (FR), Family Maintenance (FM) & Permanent Planning
Ongoing Services are provided once a Child Welfare Services (CWS) case is transferred from an Emergency Response social worker to a CWS Ongoing social worker. The goal of the Ongoing social worker is to assist the family in completeing the conditions of the court ordered case plan for them to successfully reunify. Assistance involves supervision and case management services including oversight of out-of-home placement situations. The level of involvment, frequency of contact and types of services depend on multiple factors. These factors needs of the child and family, results of the family assessment and development of the case plan, the potential for further child maltreatment, what has been court ordered, and evaluation of progress toward goals. There may be referrals, as appropriate, to community-based services.
Child Family Team Meetings
A teaming approach to working with families, children and caregivers to help meet the needs of children in foster care. A Family Team Meeting brings family, friends, neighbors and community members together with resources from child welfare, mental health, schools and other helping agencies. Together, the team works to find solutions that build on the family's strengths that can lead to necessary changes, make a plan for who will do what and when, and agree on next steps.
Katie A - Pathways to Well-Being
A Mental Health program under Calaveras County Behavioral Health that serves youth in foster care or juvenile probation. Program contact information: 209-754-6525 Monday though Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We believe every child in Calaveras County is entitled to live in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. As service providers we strive to:
- Provide safety and stability for children at risk of abuse and neglect
- Care for child victims of abuse and neglect
- Work jointly with service providers to strengthen and preserve families
- Collaborate with foster parents and other care providers to ensure safe, stable placements for children
- Establish permanent homes for children who cannot return home
- Actively participate in community activities and organizations focused on the prevention of child maltreatment
CPS Main Line (209) 754-6452
To report child or elder abuse please contact: (209) 754-6677 or 1-844-690-5137