Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services (CWS) assists families by providing services when health and safety issues occur. CWS is dedicated to helping families achieve safety and stability, making sure children are
protected from abusive and potentially harmful situations, and ensuring families in our system receive
the services they need.


Services provided by CWS include but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Response
  • Family Maintenance
  • Family Reunification
  • Resource Family Approval
  • Family Connections
  • Supportive Transition to Adulthood (non-minor dependent)
  • Independent Living Program (ILP)
  • Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (PPLA)
  • Adoption 

 

Child Welfare Services Family Advocate
Child Welfare Services Family Advocate

The Child Welfare Services (CWS) Family Advocate provides assistance to families involved in the CWS system. This may include birth parents, children, relatives, and resource families.

Foster Youth Resources
Foster Youth Resources

As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges; here are some resources to help you tackle them.

Presumptive Transfers
Presumptive Transfers

A “presumptive transfer” establishes a prompt transfer of responsibility for arranging specialty mental health services from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which a foster child resides.

Important Information for Relatives
Important Information for Relatives

Click here for important questions and answers for relatives.

Specialized Care Increment (SCI) Policy
Specialized Care Increment (SCI) Policy

This document contains information relating to the Specialized Care Increment (SCI) Policy including eligibility and the process for assessing the appropriateness of granting Specialized Foster Care Rates for a child or Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) placed in a Resource Family Home.


Agency News

Haught and Elliott Awarded For Public Health Excellence

Haught and Elliott Awarded For Public Health Excellence

HHSA is honored to announce that our very own Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught, and Public Health Director, Karen M. Elliott, have been awarded the Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health for 2021 by the California Department of Public Health.

Do You Know About CarePortal

Do You Know About CarePortal

In every community, there are children and families at a point of crisis, who need help. In those same communities, there are churches and people who care and want to take action. But they need a connection point. That is where the CarePortal comes in.

iPads for Seniors

iPads for Seniors

Tulare County HHSA’s Adult Services Division recently received a grant through the Suicide Prevention Task Force to purchase 93 iPads for local seniors who have been disconnected from loved ones and the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.