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Children and Family Services

Human Services

Children and Family Services

San Mateo County Human Services Agency

Accepts referrals about situations in which children age 17 or under are in jeopardy because of abuse, abandonment or exploitation.


Children and Family Services takes reports of situations in which children age 17 or under may be in jeopardy because of abuse, abandonment, sexual molestation, exploitation or neglect. When the home situation is such that the child needs to be placed under the protection of the juvenile court, this unit initiates court action, conducts an investigation and supervises children who have been removed from parental custody. Provides information and refers within the agency for all specialized children's services. Counseling, support groups and in-home services can be provided to families receiving protective services supervision from this agency. The county is a state-licensed adoption and foster home licensing agency providing services to birth parents, pre-adoptive children, adoptive and foster parent applicants. The Foster Care Eligibility line handles questions related to payments to foster parents, non-related guardians, and relatives. Family Resource Center provides counseling, support and education services for youth and adults, home visiting, parent involvement in leadership, financial assistance and case management at specific school locations with Spanish speaking staff. Translators available with prior notice.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 3 blocks.
1 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002 37.511806 -122.308362 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair


Child Welfare Services, Family Maintenance, Adoption, Foster Care, Licensing Foster Homes

Service Description:

CFS protects the welfare of children; improve the lifelong stability of children and youth; and improve the health and strength of families. CFS help families understand and solve the issues that lead to child neglect, abuse or exploitation. In those cases when a child must be removed from the home for safety reasons, we help families resolve their issues as soon as possible so that the child can be returned to a safe and loving home. When a child cannot be reunited with the biological family, we help identify a suitable adoptive home or other safe and permanent living arrangement.


Placement costs are a parental responsibility and are assessed on basis of ability to pay.


Children, age 17 or under


Child must reside in San Mateo County

How to Apply:

Walk in or apply by phone or mail.

Service Wait Estimate:

Priority given to reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse or life-threatening neglect.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County