California Department of Social Services

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Department of Social Services
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of California
Annual budgetUS$ 19.7 billion (2011)
Agency executiveWill Lightbourne, Director
Parent AgencyCalifornia Health and Human Services Agency
Website
www.cdss.ca.gov
 
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Department of Social Services
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of California
Annual budgetUS$ 19.7 billion (2011)
Agency executiveWill Lightbourne, Director
Parent AgencyCalifornia Health and Human Services Agency
Website
www.cdss.ca.gov

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is a California state agency for many of the programs defined as part of the social safety net in the United States, and is within the auspices of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Federal and State funds for adoptions, foster care, aid to the disabled, family crisis counseling, subsistence payments to poor families with children, child welfare services and many other efforts are distributed through this department. The department is headed by the Director, Will Lightbourne.

Its mission is "to serve, aid and protect the needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence."

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Responsibilities

CDSS has more than 4,000 employees in 54 offices throughout the state and is responsible for:

Organization

The Department of Social Services is divided into 10 divisions. There are programs, branches and agencies which fall under the divisions:

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