Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Families may choose to engage voluntarily in supportive services to increase family functioning and reduce the risk of child abuse or neglect and need for intervention. Families may be self-referred, referred by Child Welfare Services (CWS) after a report, or referred by a community agency or school.

Rapid Response Team (RRT)

The Rapid Response Team is a service provided by Victor Community Support Services and utilizes a strength-based approach to support and empower families in accessing their natural supports and achieving individualized goals. This is done with the use of a team approach that quickly wraps the family with support and services in order to assist them in achieving stability and success across multiple life domains. The overall goal of Rapid Response is to reduce the likelihood of future involvement from Child Welfare or Probation for every family served by creating sustainable plans that address family and community safety.

How do I qualify for Rapid Response?

Referrals for Rapid Response will be determined by CWS. Following a Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) or a referral from Juvenile Probation, CWS may recommend the RRT to help stabilize your family and to address immediate safety needs that are identified. The RRT will be recommended in place of court-mandated services if your family does not meet criteria for CWS or Juvenile Probation to open formal services.

Family Urgent Response System (FURS)

FURS is a coordinated statewide, regional, and county-level system designed to provide collaborative and timely state-level phone-based response and county-level in-home, in-person mobile response during situations of instability, to preserve the relationship of the caregiver and the child or youth.

Telephone Number: 833-939-3877


Email Address:

FURS includes the following services:

  • A toll-free hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week staffed with caring counselors trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques for children and youth impacted by trauma.
  • County Mobile Response System and Stabilization Teams also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • In-home de-escalation, stabilization, conflict resolution, and support services and resources.
  • Ongoing support services beyond the initial mobile response.
  • Hotline and mobile response staff trained in working with children and families who have experienced trauma.

Family Preservation Services

The purpose of the Family Preservation Services provided by Stanford Sierra Youth and Families is to meet the needs of families in Nevada County by providing in-home support services to enhance child and parental functioning, child development and the preservation of the family. The array of support the Family Preservation Team provides to families includes home visits, parent partners, family counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, education, health services, and appropriate connections to community service. The Family Preservation Team will also link families to In Home Parent Training and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. The Family Preservation Team offers resources that facilitate connections to community services supporting long-term family stability. Examples include securing stable housing; enrollment in childcare, school, and special education programs for children and college for parents; and entry into residential treatment programs.

Family Resource Center (FRC) Partnerships

CWS maintains close working partnerships with all Family Resource Centers (FRCs) in Nevada County. If a referral is made to CWS that does not meet criteria for intervention, CWS can connect the family to the FRC closest to their area. FRCs can provide information, services and case management to support families to achieve their goals. Common services include parenting classes, budgeting classes, connection to counseling, and support in seeking employment or housing.

Family Resource Centers in Nevada County

PARTNERs Family Resource Center

Grass Valley, CA

Phone: 530-273-4059

Penn Valley Family Resource Center

Penn Valley, CA

Phone: 530-432-1118, ext. 249

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

North San Juan, CA

Phone: 530-292-3174

Sierra Community House

Truckee, CA

Phone: 530-546-0952

24-hour hotline: 1-800-736-1060

Child Abuse Prevention Councils (CAPCs)

CAPCs promote safety of children and prevent child abuse and neglect in Nevada County by raising community awareness, influencing public policy, educating our community, providing resources and support programs to families. There are two CAPCs that serve Nevada County one in Western County and one is Eastern County.

Child Abuse Council of Western Nevada County (CAPCWNC) 

The CAPCWNC  are part of a collaborative called the Community Support Network (CSN). The CAPCWNC Board serves as the fiscal agent for this larger collaborative of which it is a part. CSN coordinates with agencies serving children and families.

Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council (TTCAPC)

TTCAPC works with agencies that work with children and families in the Tahoe and Truckee region to promote awareness about child abuse and neglect. They are active in the arena of parenting issues. TTCAPC is also actively involved professional development, workshops supporting parenting classes, and the Purple Crying campaign to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome. TTCAPC also works with the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT).