Santa Clara County Child, Youth, and Family Services

Find Santa Clara 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.


California Children Services 720 Empey Way San Jose CA 95128 408-793-6200


California Children Services South Valley Therapy 6315 Woosley Drive San Jose CA 95123 408-885-3160

Gardner Youth Center 520 West Virginia Street San Jose CA 95125 408-277-4761

Gilroy Community Youth Center 7400 Railroad Street Gilroy CA 95020 408-846-0471

McKinley Youth Center 651 Macredes Avenue San Jose CA 95116 408-993-0307

San Jose Children Service Department 150 East San Fernando Street San Jose CA 95112 408-808-2617

San Jose Community United Alma Youth Center 136 West Alma Avenue San Jose CA 95110 408-280-7720

San Jose Family & Children Services 2226 North 1st Street San Jose CA 95131 408-428-9560

Santa Clara Youth Activity Center 2450 Cabrillo Avenue Santa Clara CA 95051 408-615-3760

Washington United Youth Center 921 South 1st Street San Jose CA 95110 408-938-6731

What is Child, Youth, and Family Services?

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

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

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

Child Welfare & Safety

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

Santa Clara County Group Homes

Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments are also responsible for Santa Clara 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

Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, California.