San Diego County Child, Youth, and Family Services

Find San Diego County California child, youth, and family services. Child, youth, and family services provide support in all aspects of child and family welfare, including social services, abuse services, and protection services.


Chula Vista Youth Center 465 L Street Chula Vista CA 91911 619-691-5276


San Diego County Children Service 1000 Bay Marina Drive National CA 91950 619-336-5777

What is Child, Youth, and Family Services?

San Diego County Offices of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are California State, San Diego County, or local government agencies that provide programs and services to improve the economic and social well-being of children, youth, and families in San Diego County, CA. Protective services and certain regulatory functions may also be among the responsibilities of a San Diego County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

You may contact Children and Family Services for questions about:
  • San Diego County Child, Youth, and Family Services programs
  • Child abuse and maltreatment
  • San Diego County adoptions, foster care, and group homes
  • Social services programs
  • SNAP Food Stamp program in San Diego County, California
San Diego County Child and Family Services

Economic security services range from emergency assistance and income support programs to services that help San Diego County families become more financially self-sufficient. Common types of emergency assistance include energy assistance, housing assistance, and support following natural disasters or other crises. Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments help build economic independence by offering San Diego County job training, education assistance, assistance connecting with employers, and childcare subsidy programs. They are also the point of access for some federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the San Diego County Food Stamp Program.

Child Welfare & Safety

Children's welfare services are among the chief responsibilities of Child, Youth, and Family Services in San Diego County. In California, the department may be responsible for regulating child placement agencies involved in adoptions, foster care, and transitional placements. For children that age out of foster care, a transition resource office provides independent living services to aid in the transition from foster home to self-sufficiency. Child, Youth, and Family Services also regulate and license San Diego County child day care providers, and they may also certify childcare workers. San Diego County DCFS offices may provide early childhood development services, such as early intervention for developmental delays and school readiness programs. California Child, Youth, and Family Services may help to enforce child support.

San Diego County Group Homes

Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments are also responsible for San Diego County group homes where individuals with disabilities reside and receive supportive services. The agency may operate group homes with in-house resources, or they may contract operations to other organizations.

Abuse Victim Services

San Diego County DCFS offices respond to cases of child abuse, domestic abuse, elderly or adult abuse, and human trafficking. These services usually feature a telephone helpline and other means for reporting abuse or threatening situations. They also connect victims and survivors to advocates and supportive services, such as safe shelter and counseling in San Diego County, California.