Child Welfare Services


If you are concerned that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect, please make a report immediately by calling the Child Protective Services Hotline.


The hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 530-273-4291 or toll-free 888-456-9380, or your report may be faxed to 530-273-6941.

If you wish to make a report to Adult Protective Services, you may do so by calling 530-265-1639 or faxing your report to 530-470-2625.

Report Suspected

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect

Any concerned person can report known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) Form (PDF)

Foster Parent

Becoming a Foster Parent

Find more information on local foster parent opportunities.

Child Welfare

Child Welfare: a Parents Guide

Child Welfare Services is a 24 hour service for children in Nevada County who are newborn to age 18 and possible victims of child abuse, neglect or exploitation. Read more in our Parents Guide (PDF).


Services Provided by Child Protective Services

Our emphasis is on crisis intervention and avoiding further intervention, such as Juvenile Court action. Access more information on our services.

Mandated Reporting

Who is a Mandated Reporter & What Does That Mean?

The Child Abuse and Reporting Act, or Penal Code Section 11165.7, includes a list of mandated reporters and requirements

Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) Form (PDF)