Opening a Case

Cases are opened three ways:

  • If the family is receiving CalWORKs or MediCal benefits, and a parent is absent from the home or the establishment of legal parentage is necessary, the Department of Human Assistance will automatically refer the case to the child support agency for opening.
  • If no CalWORKs is being paid to the family, either parent may ask the child support agency to open a case. The intake documents are available by accessing the information on the Case Opening page.
  • If there is a family in another state that is seeking support from a parent residing in Sacramento County, the other state will initiate a case with the County of Sacramento.

Case opening information:

  • View Case Opening Orientation Video
  • Application for Services - This is a link to the State of California Department of Child Support (DCSS) site where you will be able to complete the forms needed to open a case. These forms are available in PDF format which can only be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat® Reader. Once you have completed all of the forms, please come in to our office to meet with a case worker anytime during our office hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. While you are highly encouraged to come in to meet with a case worker, if you are unable to do so, please mail your completed Application for Services to Sacramento County DCSS, P.O. Box 269112, Sacramento, CA 95826, or drop it off at 3701 Power Inn Road, Sacramento, CA 95826.
  • You may also apply online by accessing the Online Application​​, a single state-approved online application process that is easy, secure, and of no cost to you. Please note:  Once this application is submitted and received by the LCSA, they will provide additional forms and information that are needed to move forward in processing your request for child support services. If you receive CalWORKS or Medi-Cal, a case will be opened by referral from the Department of Human Assistance and this packet will automatically be mailed to you at that time.