San Mateo County Child, Youth, and Family Services

Find San Mateo 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.


San Carlos Youth Center 1001 Chestnut Street San Carlos CA 94070 650-802-4471


San Mateo County Childrens Protective Service 400 Harbor Boulevard Belmont CA 94002 650-595-7922

San Mateo County Institutions Division Youth Service Center 21 Tower Road San Mateo CA 94402 650-312-5327

San Mateo County Youth Service 222 Paul Scannell Drive San Mateo CA 94402 650-312-5395

What is Child, Youth, and Family Services?

San Mateo County Offices of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are California State, San Mateo 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 Mateo County, CA. Protective services and certain regulatory functions may also be among the responsibilities of a San Mateo County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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

Economic security services range from emergency assistance and income support programs to services that help San Mateo 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 Mateo 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 Mateo County Food Stamp Program.

Child Welfare & Safety

Children's welfare services are among the chief responsibilities of Child, Youth, and Family Services in San Mateo 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 Mateo County child day care providers, and they may also certify childcare workers. San Mateo 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 Mateo County Group Homes

Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments are also responsible for San Mateo 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 Mateo 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 Mateo County, California.