333 E. Washington Street, Stockton, CA 95202 (209) 468-1000
To Report Child Abuse or Neglect call: (209) 468-1333
There is no simple answer to this as lots of things go into making a decision
about the danger the child is in as well as the risk that the child may be
abused or neglected again. CPS social workers rely on their education, training
as well as specific tools available to them to decide what level of services
will keep the child safe. Some common things that can help reduce the risk of
the child being abused or neglected again are the willingness of the person that
caused the abuse to admit to it and seek help as well as the family having
support in terms of friends or family that will also help make sure the child is
Within 2 working days of the child being removed there will be a Team
Decision Making meeting. This is an important meeting because it is a time for
family and friends to meet along with the social worker and others that might be
able to provide services to the family. At this meeting decisions about the
child’s placement will be talked about and decided upon. If the decision is that
the child cannot safely return to the home of the parent then there will be a
Court hearing in Department 12 of the San Joaquin County courthouse on Weber Ave
in Stockton.. This hearing will be at 8:30am three working days after the child
was removed. The parents will be told of the exact date before the hearing and
arrangements will be made to get any parent in the San Joaquin County jail
transported to the hearing.
FOSTER CARE LICENSING AND RECRUITMENT
Interested in first steps?
The Foster Care Licensing
Program evaluates and licenses prospective foster parents. This unit also
provides foster care recruitment.
Please call (209) 465-KIDS (5437) if you are interested in becoming a foster
INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM
The Independent Living Program is
integrated with the Foster Care Program and is designed to prepare foster youth
for life beyond foster care, which includes career, employment, educational and
living arrangement goals.
The Guardianship program provides
supervision and assessments for children placed in non-relative and probate
The Treatment Program provides
out-of-home placements for children in need of group homes or specialized
services for mental, emotional, behavioral or physical issues.
The Adoption program provides services for children needing permanent homes,
adoptive home studies, and counsels parents relinquishing their child for
Please call (209) 465-KIDS (5437) if you are interested in adopting.
ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Program provides post-adoption
resources to Adoptive Families and handles post adoption inquiries.
RELATIVE/NON-RELATIVE EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBER ASSESSMENT
The Relative/Non-Relative Extended Family Member (NREFM) program completes
assessments of potential placements for children in Relative/NREFM placements
and conducts family finding efforts.
Intake and Assessment
San Joaquin County provides some training to those agencies that are required
by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect. If you would like someone to
provide training to your organization please contact Tasha Dunham at (209)
468-1634 or Kimberly Russ-Reite at (209) 468-1758.
Additionally the State of California provides information on their
website. Helpful information can be found at
mandatedreporterca.com. additionally the Suspected Child Abuse Report
that is mandatory for all mandated reporters to complete and send in after
their call to CPS can be downloaded at
Court – There are two components to the Court program: Court Intake &
Assessment (CI&A) and Juvenile Dependency.
The CI&A unit is responsible for all investigations and assessments that are
the result of removals handled by law enforcement; investigations and family
assessments for babies who are born drug-exposed and whose family situation and
circumstances meet criteria for intervention by CPS; guardianship assessments;
as well as 241.1 assessments ordered by the Court for youth who appear to come
within the description of both the child welfare department and county probation
department. The purpose of the 241.1 assessment is to determine which department
will serve the best interest of the youth.
After conducting an investigation and assessment, the CI&A social worker
determines the level of intervention that best meets the needs of the children
and family. Referrals may be closed with a referral to appropriate community
services or they may be referred to the Voluntary Family Maintenance program or
to the Juvenile Court unit for the filing of petition.
The Juvenile Court process begins with the filing of a petition under Welfare
& Institutions (W&I) Code. Cases are handled by the Court program beginning with
the filing of a petition and continues through the jurisdictional and
dispositional hearing. When a child is removed from the physical custody of his
or her parents by the Juvenile Dependency Court, under Article 6, section 300 of
the Welfare and Institutions Code, Family Reunification or Family Maintenance
services may be ordered by the Court for the parent’s to regain legal and
physical custody of their child. This can be accomplished by alleviating the
circumstances that led to the intervention by CPS. The length of Family
Reunification or Family Maintenance services is typically 6 to 12 months but can
be extended to as much as 24 months depending on the circumstances.
Court approves the dispositional report, Court social workers maintain all case
management duties and responsibilities. They are required to assist parents with
their Court-ordered case plan by making referrals to programs in the community
that will alleviate further risk of abuse or neglect of their child. The Court
social worker meets with the parents at least monthly if not more frequently and
discusses the case progress, problems encountered and parents cooperation. Court
social workers are also responsible for facilitating visitation between the
parents, family members and the child. Family members include but are not
limited to: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. In addition to making
referrals for parents to court-ordered services (such as individual and/or
family counseling, parenting education, substance abuse treatment and testing,
sexual abuse counseling, anger management, domestic violence counseling) and
facilitating visitation, Family Reunification social workers are also
responsible for arranging for transportation
worker must visit each dependent child and care takers in the home at least once
each month and will arrange for contact with each parent a minimum of once
monthly or the stated time in the case plan. Contact is required by the social
worker with all service providers. The social worker must also request written
reports from these professionals when their services are being provided as a
part of the case plan.
California law requires that social workers
provide concurrent planning services. Concurrent planning means working towards
reunification while also finding a safe, permanent home for children should
reunification efforts fail. This involves identifying alternate forms of
permanency, such as a member of the family or a non-related extended family
member who will commit to adoption or guardianship if a child cannot be returned
home safely, or who will be a permanent adult in the child’s life.
the dispositional report, to include the Case Plan Family Assessment and Child
Welfare Services Case Plan is approved and adopted by the Court, the case is
transferred to the appropriate unit in the Family Social Work program for
continued case management.
Family Social Work - There are two components to the Family Social Work
program: Family Reunification and Family Maintenance.
The goal of both the Family Reunification and Family Maintenance programs is
to provide every dependent child a safe, stable, permanent home, nurtured by
healthy families and strong communities. Family Reunification services focus on
first providing the parents with the best chance of success at reunification
while acknowledging, recognizing and providing for the child’s long-term needs
for safety, stability and permanence.
The length of Family Reunification
and Family Maintenance services is typically 6 to 12 months but can be extended
to as much as 24 months depending on the circumstances.
California law also requires a comprehensive Court report and hearing every 6
months to review a family's progress.
where Family Reunification services are ordered and the children are placed in
out-of-home care, placement options for the dependent child include (in the
In situations where the Court determines that it is
appropriate to place the children with their parent(s), the case is referred to
as a Family Maintenance case. The Court maintains legal jurisdiction and
responsibility for the care of the child but placement is with one or both
The PROP program is a combined effort between San Joaquin County CPS,
Juvenile Dependency Court, Adult Drug Court, and the Office of Substance Abuse.
The Office of Substance abuse PROP program was designed to provide an intensive
court monitoring system to increase family reunification rates for families that
have substance abuse problems.
The PROP program is divided into two separate levels of monitoring PROP I and
PROP II Dependency Drug Court. PROP I is the first level of monitoring provided
by the Drug court Social Worker to Dependency Drug Court. PROP II is the second
level of increased court monitoring provided by Dependency Drug Court. PROP II
clients are monitored by Drug Court weekly, bi-weekly and then monthly as the
client progresses through Dependency Drug Court.
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