The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services offers various programs for children's growth and welfare. The department offers various protection programs for the preservation and permanency for children's growth, safety, education and physical health. It provides rescue and support services for children who suffer from exploitation, general neglect, substantial risk, caretaker's absence and incapacity, and sexual and physical abuse. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services provides adoption assistance and foster care, including shelter in foster family agency-certified centers, as well as small family, group, guardian and adoptive homes. The department has an office in Santa Clarita, Calif.