County of Marin Health and Human Services

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Hotline

If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Marin County CFS 24-Hour Abuse and Neglect Reporting Hotline: (415) 473-7153

Marin County Children and Family Services (CFS) Child Abuse Reporting Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to receive and assess allegations of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Each report is assessed to determine the level of response/information required to protect the child(ren). CFS will respond to all reports that rise to the standard of investigation within 24 hours, or within ten (10) calendar days as assessed. If an in-person response is not required, the report will be documented in our computer system.

Any incident of alleged or suspected child abuse, or a reasonable suspicion of abuse, which comes to your attention, should immediately be reported or as soon as possible. Anyone can make a confidential report of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  Certain people are Mandated Reporters. For information on mandated reporting law, please see this handbook on California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law.

If you are calling as a Mandated Reporter you must give your name and contact information, which will always stay confidential, and you must email or fax a Suspected Child Abuse Report to Marin County CFS. Be prepared to provide the child’s name, school, parent’s names, addresses, phone numbers, and concerns.

CFS take reports of suspicion of abuse or neglect by parents and other caregivers in the home, and reports of exploitation. Please make your report to the child's primary residence county.

After making your verbal report, fill out the Suspect Child Abuse Report within 36 hours, and email/fax the completed form to CFS:
    • Email: SCAR@marincounty.org
    • Fax: (415) 473-3279

To request a free Mandated Reporter Training please contact the Marin County CFS 24-Hour Abuse and Neglect Reporting Hotline at (415) 473-7153 or SCAR@marincounty.org.