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California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504

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16504.  (a) Any child reported to the county child welfare services
department to be endangered by abuse, neglect, or exploitation shall
be eligible for initial intake and evaluation of risk services. Each
county child welfare services department shall maintain and operate a
24-hour response system. An immediate in-person response shall be
made by a county child welfare services department social worker in
emergency situations in accordance with regulations of the
department. The person making any initial response to a request for
child welfare services shall consider providing appropriate social
services to maintain the child safely in his or her own home.
However, an in-person response is not required when the county child
welfare services department, based upon an evaluation of risk,
determines that an in-person response is not appropriate. An
evaluation of risk includes collateral contacts, a review of previous
referrals, and other relevant information.
   (b) A county child welfare services department social worker shall
make an in-person response whenever a referral is received pursuant
to Section 11254. Whenever a referral is received pursuant to Section
11254, the county child welfare services department social worker,
within 20 calendar days from the receipt of the referral, shall
determine whether the physical or emotional health or safety of the
individual or child would be jeopardized if the individual and child
lived in the same residence with the individual's own parent or legal
guardian, or other adult relative.
   (c) Notwithstanding Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 11164) of
Chapter 2 of Title 1 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, any nonminor
dependent, as described in subdivision (v) of Section 11403, reported
to the county welfare services department to be endangered by abuse,
neglect, or exploitation by a licensed or approved caregiver while
in a foster care placement shall be eligible for evaluation of risk
services, to determine if the placement is safe and appropriate. The
county child welfare services department shall cross-report the
suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation by the licensed or approved
caregiver to the appropriate licensing or approval agency and, as
appropriate, to law enforcement.

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