Children grow best in a caring community that shares the responsibility to keep them safe.
More than 5,500 callers each year talk with our confidential Child Protection Hotline. By reporting their concerns about the well-bring of a child or teen, caring community members and mandated reporters help children and their families have safer and healthier futures. Many callers express feeling relief at having gotten support for a child in need.
You help protect Sonoma County children and youth when you report your concerns. Reporting allows professionals with the Family, Youth and Children’s Division to investigate and help children to safety. After those investigations, most children stayed with their families while staff provides care, support and services to help stabilize their homes.
Children who are in danger or in unsafe homes are brought into emergency foster care. Our 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 or be eligible for adoption.
Learn 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 confidential Child Protection Hotline day or night: (707) 565-4304 or (800) 870-7064