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We believe in both the rights of families to raise their children without government intrusion and the right of all of children to be protected from abuse and neglect. These two fundamental rights seem simple as separate concepts, but balancing these equally important values within a mandated and highly regulated system may be a challenge. Child welfare is an incredibly complex system, both in terms of the abundance of overlapping state and federal laws and regulations which govern the scope and practice of social work and in terms of the complexity and sensitivity of the issues central to the work.
Applications for benefits and services are taken at the agency Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Call the agency at 336-753-6250 for further assistance.
DSS no longer issues work permits. Please visit the following links for information concerning Youth Employment.
NC Department of Labor - http://www.nclabor.com/wh/fact sheets/joint_state_fed.htm
You do not need an appointment to make an application. Applications are accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis. If you are already receiving benefits/services and would like to see your worker, it is best to call your worker first to make sure they will be available.
Information on becoming a foster parent in North Carolina is available online at http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/fostercare/index.htm . Call the agency at 336.753.6250 if you are interested in becoming a foster parent.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, contact the Department of Social Services. This can be done by calling or visiting the office during normal working hours or, in the case of an emergency, by calling 911 on nights, weekends or holidays.
If you suspect an adult is being abused or neglected, contact the Department of Social Services. This can be done by calling or visiting the office during normal working hours or, in the case of an emergency, by calling 911 on nights, weekends or holidays.