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CDSS AdoptionRegional andField Offices

The California Department of Social Services' (CDSS) Adoptions Services Bureau (ASB) facilitates adoption of children who need permanent homes by providing direct Agency and Independent adoption services through six regional and field offices located throughout the State. All six offices provide Independent services and four of the offices also provide Agency services. Collectively, the six regional and field offices operate the third largest adoption agency in California.

The ASB provides Agency services for 16 counties in California. The services focus exclusively on the placement of court dependent children, the majority of whom have special needs.

In an "Agency Adoption", the child is placed for adoption by the CDSS or a licensed county or private adoption agency. A birth parent's parental rights are terminated either by court action or voluntarily relinquishing their parental rights. The adoption agency is responsible for the adoptive planning of the child until the completion of the adoption.

Click below to view the map of the counties served by eachregional and fieldoffice. The county of your residence is the determining factor regarding which office to contact. ( Adobe Reader is required to view the maps)

Agency AdoptionRegional and FieldOffice Map 455 KB (2 min approximate download time on 28.8 modem)

The ASB also provides Independent services for 55 counties. Independent or private adoptions are private transactions initiated by the parties of the adoption.

In an "Independent Adoption", it is the birth parent's decision and responsibility to select the adoptive parent(s) and to place the child directly with the adoptive family. Click below to view a map of the counties served by each regional and field office.

Independent AdoptionRegional and FieldOffice Map 560 KB (2 min approximate download time on 28.8 modem)

Parents who wish to place children for adoption and people who want to adopt can get information and assistance from the CDSS and/or licensed public and private adoption agencies.

Regional and Field Offices and Counties Served

Arcata (Eureka) : Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity (Humboldt: Independent services only)

Chico : Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Sierra, Siskiyou and Sutter(Butte, Lake, Plumas, Shasta, Tehama, and Yuba: Independent services only)

Fresno : Mono, and San Benito (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Luis Obispo, and Tulare: Independent services only)

Monterey Park (Los Angeles) : (Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura: Independent services only)

Oakland :(Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa,San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano,Sonomaand Stanislaus: Independent services only)

Sacramento : Amador, Nevada, Tuolumne and Yolo(Alpine, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yuba: Independent services only)

(Alameda, Los Angeles, and San Diego: county child welfare service agencies provide both Agency and Independent services)


California Department of Social Services
Adoptions Services Bureau
744 P Street, MS 8-12-31
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-8143