Family, Youth and Children's Division
All children and teens deserve to be safe, healthy and cared for.
The Family, Youth and Children's Division partners with community members, families and professionals who work with youth, to ensure the safety and well-being of all Sonoma County children.
- Our Child Protection Services staff investigate reports from the community of child abuse, neglect or abandonment.
- Day or night, through the 24-hour Child Protection hotline, staff respond to emergency reports and community concerns about a child's well-being at home.
- When needed to keep a child safe, we move the child into emergency foster care with trained and licensed foster parents or group homes.
- We also recruit, train and support local adults and families who want to open their hearts and homes to become foster parents.
- We also work with other local foster care agencies to recruit, train and support foster parents.
- If the child cannot be returned home safely, children and youth may be placed for guardianship or adoption by foster parents.
- Trainers also teach community members and mandated reporters in how to prevent and report concerns about a child or youth.
URGENT NEED for More Caring Foster Parents in Sonoma County
Each day in Sonoma County, more than 500 foster infants, children and teens are in foster care. Relatives, family friends, teachers and coaches, single adults, couples and families of all types are needed to foster and adopt local children.
Foster families help protect abused and neglected children and teens who cannot safely remain in their parent's care. There is a special need for foster parents to care for sibling groups, toddlers and teenagers. Becoming a foster parent is also the first step toward adopting a child or teen.
If you want to provide a safe and loving home to a local child, learn more about what it takes to become a foster parent online, or join one of our one-hour, monthly informational Explore Foster Parenting talks, or call (707) 565-4274 to talk with us.
To become a Sonoma County foster parent, complete the Sonoma County Resource Family Application form. You'll hear back from us soon!
Valley of the Moon Children's Home
P.O. Box 1539, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-1539
(707) 565-6350 • FAX (707) 565-6352
To care for children who are no longer safe with their parents or guardians and need immediate, temporary shelter, the Family, Youth and Children's Division runs an emergency shelter with caring child welfare professionals. The Valley of the Moon Children's Home is a peaceful, stable, supportive and nurturing group environment where children and youth stay until a community foster home is arranged. Children receive medical, dental and mental health counseling and other healing services during their stay at the shelter.
Become a Volunteer at Valley of the Moon Children's Home
Help children and youth with homework, lead art, exercise, garden or music programs, sort donated clothes, toys and other items for foster children and youth or plan and organize special events. To volunteer, contact the non-profit Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation or email Valley of the Moon Children's Home staff.
Redwood Children's Center
2755 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 204, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-6360 • FAX (707) 565-8621
In a child-friendly environment at the Family Justice Center
, young victims of sexual abuse or trafficking are interviewed by a trained forensic professional. To reduce the number of times a child must be interviewed regarding their experience, sessions are monitored and recorded for law enforcement, legal and social services professionals review.
Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation
PO Box 11671, Santa Rosa, CA 95406
This private, nonprofit, community foundation generously raises funds to support foster children and foster families in Sonoma County. In partnership with the Board of Supervisors and the community, the Foundation led the capital campaign to build the emergency shelter, the Valley of the Moon Children's Home.
Get involved as a volunteer or make a charitable donation to support:
- The needs of children and teens at Valley of the Moon Children's Home
- Children and teens in community foster care homes and their foster parents
- Emancipated foster children, including help with education, housing and employment guidance
- Community efforts to prevent child abuse