About CWDS

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) is a collaboration of California State and local government agencies that support our shared stakeholders through technology to assure the safety, permanency and well-being of children at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
CWDS is responsible for maintaining and operating the existing Child Welfare Services / Case Management System (CWS/CMS) and the development of the Child Welfare Services – California Automated Response and Engagement System (CWS-CARES). We are dedicated to building a child welfare information system that responds to users’ needs while maintaining the best standards for security and data integrity to aid child welfare professionals in the vital assistance, oversight and case management of our most vulnerable populations.

To view upcoming events, visit our Events Calendar. For past event videos and presentations, please send an email request to CWDS Communications.

Our Vision 

We will establish and maintain an innovative statewide 21st century information technology application that aids child welfare stakeholders in assuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Our Values 

We are accountable to one another and to the public we serve.
We use collaborative processes to produce quality digital services.
Our teams are empowered to make and implement decisions. 
We foster an open environment that promotes and encourages transparency and trust.
Our culture is based on mutual respect.
Agile is more than our chosen software development methodology; it is the way we respond to a constantly changing environment.