Child and Family Well-Being

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The County of San Diego (County) has developed the Child and Family Well-Being (CFWB) Department to fundamentally shift how children, youth, families, and communities are supported. We want to prevent children and youth from entering the child welfare system and create a partnership with families, leveraging their experience, to hold them as the experts in keeping their children safe.

What is the Child and Family Well-Being Department?

The CFWB Department is the County's new approach to empowering children, youth, and families to have the support, connections, and resources to be healthy and remain together (without system involvement).

The new department integrates the First 5 Commission of San Diego, Child Welfare Services, childcare services, and other critical resources to partner with children, youth, and families.

What is the goal of the CFWB Department?

The goal of the Department is to focus on equity, prevention, and supporting families before foster care becomes a necessary intervention for keeping children safe.

What we hope to achieve:

  • Keep families together.

  • Hold the family’s voice as the expert in how to best keep their children safe.

  • Provide family strengthening and prevention services to families in a more holistic, equitable, and integrated way.

  • Reduce unnecessary child protective actions that have historically harmed and separated families.


Your Participation

Community and stakeholder feedback has been vital to the development of the CFWB Department, and we want that to continue.

How you can participate in the ongoing process of establishing the Department:

  • Review the information on this site
  • Share this information with others
  • Ask questions
  • Request a presentation for your group or organization (see form below)
  • Provide feedback through the tools provided below

Thank you for being here, we look forward to hearing from you!



The County of San Diego (County) has developed the Child and Family Well-Being (CFWB) Department to fundamentally shift how children, youth, families, and communities are supported. We want to prevent children and youth from entering the child welfare system and create a partnership with families, leveraging their experience, to hold them as the experts in keeping their children safe.

What is the Child and Family Well-Being Department?

The CFWB Department is the County's new approach to empowering children, youth, and families to have the support, connections, and resources to be healthy and remain together (without system involvement).

The new department integrates the First 5 Commission of San Diego, Child Welfare Services, childcare services, and other critical resources to partner with children, youth, and families.

What is the goal of the CFWB Department?

The goal of the Department is to focus on equity, prevention, and supporting families before foster care becomes a necessary intervention for keeping children safe.

What we hope to achieve:

  • Keep families together.

  • Hold the family’s voice as the expert in how to best keep their children safe.

  • Provide family strengthening and prevention services to families in a more holistic, equitable, and integrated way.

  • Reduce unnecessary child protective actions that have historically harmed and separated families.


Your Participation

Community and stakeholder feedback has been vital to the development of the CFWB Department, and we want that to continue.

How you can participate in the ongoing process of establishing the Department:

  • Review the information on this site
  • Share this information with others
  • Ask questions
  • Request a presentation for your group or organization (see form below)
  • Provide feedback through the tools provided below

Thank you for being here, we look forward to hearing from you!

Ask a Question

Have questions about our efforts to create the CFWB Department? Ask us! We'll respond as soon as possible. 

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Page last updated: 29 Jan 2024, 03:30 PM