DCFS Procedures and DCFS Locations

If you are dealing with a DCFS case you should speak with an attorney about your case. Child custody and neglect cases go through a very strict process that can take a lot of experience to work through. Your goals and those of the people representing DCFS may be very different. Each side will say they are doing what’s in the best interest of the children, though what the parents feel is best for their kids is usually them living together. That’s not always the way DCFS will see things. In fact sometimes they will recommend children get placed with a different family member, or be put into the foster care system.

Each child abuse case is different so it’s important to work with an attorney who has experience with DCFS cases, and can help navigate the system. You will want to be clear about your goals and what outcome you want to see. Going up against DCFS can be an up-hill battle so it’s best to be well prepared and work with someone you trust.

Be clear with your Attorney about why DCFS got involved. Sometimes it’s through a mandated reporter such as a teacher, a teacher’s aide, or a doctor. If one of these mandated reporters even thinks there are signs of abuse they may contact DCFS and report what they think are abuse or neglect problems. Regardless of the facts, you may now be entangled in a child abuse case. We have seen numerous cases where a teacher sees bruises and reports this as possible child abuse regardless of what the child says happened. The burden now shifts to the parents trying to prove that abuse never happened. This can take a long time and involve experts, court meetings at Children’s Court, witness testimony, and a lot of emotions.

And know the process, procedures, and DCFS forms can and will change. So any information you find online may not be completely up-to-date or accurate. Make sure you are using the most current information available, and your lawyer has access to the information they need to fight DCFS.

Here are some of the DCFS forms you should be aware of, and can work with your attorney on. Note these were taken from the DCFS web-site and are assumed to be up-to-date only based on the date they were taken:

DCFS 9-6, Search Folder

DCFS 136, Due Diligence Search Request

DCFS 137, Search/Parent

DCFS 138, Search/Contact

DCFS 139, Search/Neighbor

DCFS 140, Search/Employer

DCFS 141, Search/Registrar

DCFS 142, Search/Postmaster

DCFS 144, Search/Motor Vehicles Out-of-State

DCFS 145, Search/Out-of-State Corrections

DCFS 146, Search/Military Services

DCFS 280, Technical Assistance Action Request

INF 254, Gov’t Agency Request for Drivers License/Identification Record Information

DCFS Locations

If you want to know the different DCFS locations you can go to thelocations page on their web-site. The information is also provided below (accurate as of 4/7/2014) which was taken from the DCFS web-site.

SPA 1
Palmdale [map]
39959 Sierra Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550
Paul Gaeta, ER R.A. (661) 471-1369
Laura Shotzbarger, CS R.A. (661) 223-4111
Reception (661) 223-4200
Lancaster [map]
300 E Avenue K6, Lancaster, CA 93535
Paul Gaeta, ER RA 661-471-1369
Laura Shotzbarger, CS R.A. (661) 223-4111
Reception (661) 471-1075

SPA 2

San Fernando Valley
[map]
20151 Nordhoff St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Adrienne Olson, ER RA
(818) 717-4802
Paul Freedlund, CS RA
(661) 702-6202
Reception
(818) 717-4002/4009
West San Fernando Valley [map]
20151 Nordhoff St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Adrienne Olson, ER RA
(818) 717-4802
Paul Freedlund, CS RA
(661) 702-6202
Reception
(818) 717-4009
Santa Clarita [map]
28490 Avenue Stanford
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Adrienne Olson, ER RA
(818) 717-4802
Paul Freedlund, CS RA
(661) 702-6202
Reception
(661) 702-6262

SPA 3

Glendora [map]
725 S. Grand Ave.
Glendora, CA 91740
Rex White, ER RA
(626) 691-1692
Angela Parks-Pyles, CS RA
(909) 802-1512
Reception
(626) 691-1700
Pasadena [map]
532 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Muzeyyen Balaban, ER R.A.
(626) 229-3737
Ed Sosa, CS R.A.
(626) 938-1823
Reception
(626) 229-3500
Pomona [map]
801 Corporate Center Drive
Pomona, CA 91768
Rex White, ER RA
(626) 691-1692
Angela Parks-Pyles, CS RA
(909) 802-1512
Reception
(909) 802-1300
El Monte [map]
4024 Durfee Ave.
El Monte, CA 91732
Muzeyyen Balaban, ER R.A.
(626) 229-3737
Ed Sosa, CS R.A.
(626) 938-1823
Reception (626) 455-4660
| Covina Annex (Specialized Programs) [map]
| 1373 E. Center Court Dr., Covina, CA 91724
| Ed Sosa, CS RA
| (626) 229-3737
| (626) 938-1610
| Reception (626) 938-1601

SPA 4

Metro North [map]
1933 S. Broadway, Suite 6
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Helen Maxwell, ER Division Chief (323) 900-2200
Michael Rauso, CS RA (213) 763-1528
Reception (213) 763-1440

SPA 5

West LA [map]
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Helen Maxwell, ER Division Chief (323) 900-2200
Michael Rauso, CS RA (213) 763-1528
Reception (323) 900-2222
SPA 6
Vermont Corridor [map]
8300 S. Vermont Ave. 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90044
W. Stephen Long, CS RA
(323) 965-5171
Reginald Carter, ER RA
(310) 668 – 6605
Reception (323) 965-7060
Compton (New Office) [map]
921 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221
W. Stephen Long, CS RA
(323) 965-5171
Reginald Carter, ER RA
(310) 668 – 6605
Reception (310) 668-6600Compton West
11539 Hawthorne Blvd., 1st Floor,
Hawthorne, CA 90250
W. Stephen Long, CS RA
(323) 965-5171
Reception (310) 263-2178
Wateridge [map]
5110 W. Goldleaf Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90056
Iris Courtney, ER R.A.
(323) 290-8699
Danaette Page, CS R.A.
(323) 290-8437
Reception (323) 290-8500
SPA 7
Belvedere [map]
5835 S. Eastern Ave., Commerce, CA 90040
Art Lieras, CS RA (323) 725-4500
Jennifer A. Lopez, ER RA (562) 903-5101
Reception (323) 725-4401
Santa Fe Springs [map]
10355 Slusher Dr., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Jennifer A. Lopez, ER RA (562) 903-5101
Art Lieras, CS RA (323) 725 – 4500
Reception (562) 903-5000

SPA 8

Torrance [map]
2325 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501
Tedji Dessalegn, ER RA (310) 972-3114
Charles Tadlock, CS RA (562) 497-3303
Reception (310) 972-3111
South County [map]
4060 Watson Plaza Drive, Lakewood, CA 90712
Charles Tadlock, CS RA (562) 497-3303
Tedji Dessalegn, ER RA (310) 972-3114
Reception (562) 497-3500
Support
Child Protection Hotline [map]
1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Mitch Mason, RA (213) 351-5746
Reception (213) 763-1441 or (213) 639-4500
Emergency Response Command Post [map]
1933 S. Broadway, 5th Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Frank Ramos, RA
(213) 765-7422
Reception (213) 763-1440 or (213) 639-4500

Court Services [map]
201 Centre Plaza Dr., Monterey Park, CA 91754
Wanda Harris, Director (323) 526-6700
Reception (323) 526-6300

Out-Of-Home Care [map]
9320 Telstar Avenue, Suite 216, El Monte, CA 91731
Karen Richardson, Division Chief (626) 569-6801
Reception (626) 569-6806

Youth Development Services [map]
3530 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Harvey Kawasaki, Division Chief (213) 351-0102
Reception (213) 351-0105
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