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Prevent & Report Child Abuse

Children grow best in a caring community that shares the responsibility to keep them safe.heart cps

Each year, more than 5,500 callers, concerned about the well-bring of a child or teen, talk with our confidential Child Protection Hotline. By reporting their concerns, caring community members and mandated reporters help hundreds of children and their families have safer and healthier futures. Many callers express feeling relief at having gotten support for a child in need.

Reporting allows professionals with the Family, Youth and Children’s Division to investigate and help children to safety. After most of those investigations, children stayed with their families while staff provided care, support and services to help stabilize their homes.

Children who are in danger or in unsafe homes are moved into emergency foster care. The goal is to reunite them with their families once home is safe. When families cannot provide a safe home, children may remain in foster care. 

You help protect Sonoma County children and youth when you report your concerns or learn more about how to identify and prevent child abuse and neglect.

To report your concerns:

  • If a child is in immediate danger, first call 9-1-1
  • Otherwise, call the Sonoma County Child Protection Hotline with your concerns, day or night: (707) 565-4304 or (800) 870-7064
  • Community Education

    Caring community members can learn how to help keep children safe through our Community Outreach Program:

    • Individuals can request to join a training to learn how to identify, prevent and report concerns about abuse or neglect.
    • Year-round, your community group or organization can request a free presentation for a meeting, conference or gathering.
    • Each April, we partner with the non-profit Child Parent Institute to honor national Blue Ribbon Month, which focuses on child abuse prevention. We offer public prevention education through publications and local events.

    Contact us by email or (707) 565-4351.

    Are You a Mandated Reporter?

    Certain professionals have a legal responsibility to report any reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused, neglected or endangered:

    • health care providers
    • teacher or educators
    • child care providers
    • clergy members
    • social service providers
    • emergency responders (EMT, fire and law enforcement)
    • foster parents
    • animal control officers

    Learn about our free training and certification for local Mandated Reporters.

    Current Mandated Reporters: learn more about how to Connect. Support. Report.

    Contact Information

    Family, Youth and Children's Services
    Human Services Department
    Business Hours
    Monday – Friday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Contact us by Phone
    1202 Apollo Way
    Santa Rosa, CA 95407

    24/7 Child Protection Hotline

    Report Child Abuse

    (707) 565-4304


    (800) 870-7064 Toll Free. Your call makes a difference.

    Surrender a Baby

    To Safely Surrender a Baby

    Call (877) 222-9723

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    Anonymous and Confidential

    See the 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Report

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