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Juvenile Services


Juvenile Services

San Mateo County Probation Department

Investigates delinquent behavior on the order of the court and recommends dispensation.


Upon referral to the Probation Department by the police, the situation is evaluated and a decision regarding level of service is made. The case may either be dismissed, placed on informal, non-court probation, or referred to the District Attorney for legal action. After a petition is filed by the District Attorney, an investigation is conducted by the Probation Department and a report written for the judicial officer of the Juvenile Court, including a recommendation. After disposition, depending upon the court order, the minor can be placed in Field Supervision, one of several specialized programs of an intensive nature, boy's ranch, girl's camp, an out-of-home placement (foster home, group home or residential treatment center) or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation-Division of Juvenile Justice. The program in which the minor is placed determines the level of supervision he or she receives, as well as the amount of services provided to the family.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops in front.
222 Paul Scannell Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 37.5119815 -122.3366814 Government

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Cantonese
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair



Vary according to income for care of minors in custody or out-of-home placement.


Children and adolescents, age 8-17


Juvenile referred by local law enforcement agency for law violation pursuant to Section 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code in San Mateo County

How to Apply:

Referral by local police department. Interested persons may call the officer of the day to find out about status of probation.

Service Wait Estimate:

1-2 weeks. Immediately if admitted to Juvenile Hall.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County