Anita Ortiz, Human Services Branch Director

Anita Ortiz, Human Services Branch Director

As Human Services Director, Anita Ortiz is responsible for directing, supervising, and coordinating all programs and services of the Human Services Branch. She is responsible for supervising the implementation and operation of programmatic and administrative services while providing oversight and technical support to management staff.

Anita has over 12 years of experience in Child Welfare Services, including the roles of social worker, lead social worker, supervisor, manager, and division manager. Prior to joining Child Welfare Services, Anita worked at a foster family agency and as a program coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club. Anita served as a mentor for the College of Sequoias Puente Project from 2003 to 2016.

Anita is currently the co-chair for the Central Region’s Child Welfare Director’s Committee and a member of the Prevention Cabinet for the California Department of Social Services. Additionally, Anita is an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University, focusing her teaching on social policy and social welfare courses.

Anita holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a minor in sociology and an emphasis in education from the University of California, Riverside, as well as a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix.


Agency News

CWS Children's Toy Drive and You

CWS Children's Toy Drive and You

 The Annual Child Welfare Services (CWS) Toy Drive has kicked off! You can help CWS and Friends of Tulare County (FTC) ensure that every child and youth in Tulare County who receives the services of CWS and is not able to be in the family home this holiday season receives a gift. 

FTC Promotes #GivingTuesday -- A Global Generosity Movement

FTC Promotes #GivingTuesday -- A Global Generosity Movement

On this #GivingTuesday, consider supporting our Friends of Tulare County, a non-profit striving to assist our County’s underrepresented populations through charitable giving and grant funding. It accepts donations on behalf of the County that in turn provide financial support for a wide range of programs. 

Donating the Paw-fect Gift!

Donating the Paw-fect Gift!

This holiday season is a paw-fect time for those who would like to support our Tulare County Animal Services! There are needs throughout the year, but helping our staff who care and support these wonderful, adoptable pets as well as those displaced by natural emergencies is so important.  

Stockings for Seniors Drive Underway!

Stockings for Seniors Drive Underway!

Show a senior you care by donating to the Friends of Tulare County Stockings for Seniors Drive. Now underway, donated items such as beanies, gloves, lap blankets, scarves, warm socks, and other will help ensure homebound and isolated seniors are not forgotten this holiday season.