Child and Family Protective Services
Driven by a commitment to protect children and strengthen families, Lassen County Child and Family Services is dedicated to the delivery of compassionate, comprehensive and individualized services. Through collaboration and education, we strive to engage and empower families. Working together, we achieve sustainable, positive changes in our community.
Child Abuse and Neglect
The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines child abuse and neglect as:
"Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation; or any act or failure to act which presents and imminent risk of serious harm" 42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g(2) (West Supp. 1998)
- Physical abuse is generally defined as "any non-accidental physical injury to the child" and can include hitting, kicking, burning, or biting the child, or any other action that results in the physical impairment of the child.
- Emotional abuse is defined as "injury to the psychological capacity or emotional stability of the child as evidenced by an observable or substantial change in behavior, emotional response, or cognition," or as evidenced by "anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior."
- Sexual Abuse/Exploitation is defined as the rape, statutory rape, incest, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of the child including the production of child pornography.
- Neglect is defined as failing to provide for or depriving the child of adequate food, water, clothing, hygiene, shelter, medical care, or supervision.
How to Report Child Abuse
You may report abuse in person or by phone at the address and phone numbers listed above. Please contact Law Enforcement by dialing 911 if the abuse you are reporting immediately threatens the life of a child.
You may report anonymously. Child Protective services makes every effort to protect the identity of reporters, however you may face criminal charges for making false reports of child abuse.
Certain individuals are required by law to report any known or suspected abuse, they are called Mandated Reporters. Mandated reporters have absolute immunity both civilly and criminally for making reports of child abuse. Mandated reporters include, but are not limited to:
- Teacher, Teachers Aids, and School Administrators
- Child care providers
- Doctors, Nurses, and other Health Care providers
- Police Officers, Firefighters, and other Law Enforcement Officers
- Pastors, Priests, Rabbis, and other Members of the Clergy.
For further information see the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting act of the California Penal Code, Section 11165.7, see the link below.
Federal Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)
California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov)
California Children and Family Services Division (http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cfsweb)
Children Now California Scorecard of Children's Well-Being (http://www.childrennow.org/sccorecard)
Lassen Children and Families Commission (http://www.lassenfirst5.com)
Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency (http://www.ea.org)
Mountain Circle Foster Family Agency (http://www.mountaincircle.org)
Lassen Family Services (http://www.lassencrisis.com)
Games and Activities for Parents and Children
Sesame Street (http://www.sesamestreet.org/home)
Disney Preschool (http://home.disney.go.com/foryou/preschool)
Disney Family News and Fun (http://family.go.com/disney/spotlight-seg)