Merced County California

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Human Services Agency 
2115 West Wardrobe Ave
Merced, CA 95341
Phone:(209) 385-3000
Link: Human Services Agency Webpage

The Human Services Agency (HSA)provides financial and medical support to families throughout Merced County.

In addition HSA protects the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.


All Dads Matter 
676 Loughborough Dr.
Merced, CA 95348
Phone:(209) 385-7521


All Dads Matter offers support, encouragement, and education to the fathers of our community with a goal of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to have a capable and caring father.

Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Henderson, Lamar Program Coordinator (209) 385-7521

Child Welfare Services 
Phone:(209) 385-3000 Ext. 5285
Link: Child Welfare Services

Child Welfare Services (CWS) is dedicated to the preservation of families through the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

In addition, CWS assists foster children ages 16 to 21 prepare for life as self-sufficient adults, conducts foster care home licensing, and facilitates the adoption of children that cannot return home.

Staff
Name Title Email Phone
De Cocker, Laura Child Welfare Services Deputy Director (209) 385-3000 Ext. 5285

Employment Services 
Phone:(209) 385-3000 Ext. 5265
Link: Employment Services

With self-sufficiency as a primary goal, employment services strives to overcome barriers to successful employment. Employment Services provides training, counseling, education, and work experience to CalWORKs recipients.

Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Arana, Mary Ellen Employment Services Deputy Director (209) 385-3000 Ext. 5455

Family Services 
Phone:(209) 385-3000 Ext. 5470

Family Services provides access to numerous programs designed to temporarily assist families during financial difficulties. Benefits include cash, medical, and food assistance.

Click here to see the services provided by the Human Services Agency.

Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Arana, Mary Ellen Family Services Deputy Director (209) 385-3000 Ext. 5455

High-Schooled Assistance Dog Program 
Phone:(209) 385-3000 Ext. 5823

In partnership with the California Canine Academy, HSA instituted the High-Schooled Assistance Dog Program for at-risk teenagers. In this program, the teens take responsibility for the care and training of assistance dogs. At the completion of the training, the dogs are placed in the community and nationally with individuals who have mobility-limited disabilities, hearing loss, autism, or mental disorders.
Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Stum, Karen Supervising Social Worker II (209) 385-3000 Ext. 5823




Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452