Children Services Resources
In the United States, Child Protective Services is a governmental agency run on the state level that was created to respond to reports of child abuse and neglect. Each state has its own CPS practice, where CPS workers respond to the over 2.5 million reports of child maltreatment in the country each year. Here are some frequently asked questions to better understand CPS and its workers.
Sacramento County Child Protective Services, investigates child abuse and neglect and provides services to keep children safe while strengthening families.
7001-A East Parkway, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 875-5437 (875-KIDS)
Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Lights of Tomorrow (LOT) is a non-profit organization and our mission is to empower youth ages 11-24 years old to succeed in life by providing them with the tools, skills, and knowledge to successfully transition from middle, high school, and on to college.
Empowering teens to succeed, expand their horizons, and soar to their accomplishments!
Phone: (916) 225-5735
Warning signs of child abuse and neglect:
Signs of physical abuse
- Bruising, welts or burns that cannot be sufficiently explained, particularly bruises on the face, lips and mouth of infants or on several surface planes at the same time
- Unusual bruising patterns that reflect the shape of the instrument used to cause injury (e.g., belt, wire hanger, hairbrush, hand, human bite marks)
- Clusters of bruises, welts or burns, indicating repeated contact with a hand or instrument
Signs of possible neglect, child or youth
- Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
- Is frequently absent from school or child care
- Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to parent or caregiver’s attention
Signs of possible sexual abuse
- Difficulty walking or sitting
- Pain or itching in the genital area
- Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
What is Child Protective Services?
Child Protective Services (CPS) promotes the safety and well-being of children through intervention in reported child abuse cases. The goal of CPS is to keep children in their homes when it is deemed safe, and to provide them with a safe environment when they are determined to be at risk.