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Department of Social Services

The Orange County Department of Social Services exists to provide protection to vulnerable children and adults, economic support to low-income individals and families in crisis, and intervention services to at-risk persons residing in Orange County.  The agency is the access point for most state and federal human services programs.

Applications and additional information about all programs are available at both Orange County office locations.

A Family Playing

Child and Family Services

(Child Protective Services, Child Care Subsidy, Foster Care, Adoption)



Pregnant Woman

Economic Services

(Food and Nutrition Services, Medicaid, Emergency Assistance, Work First)



Elderly Woman

Services for Elderly Adults and People with Disabilities

(Adult Protective Services, Guardianship, Payee Services, In-Home Aide Services, Placement Services)


We can now accept donations online!  Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page.

Orange County Community Giving Fund

Report Abuse

To report the abuse, neglect or exploitation of a child, elderly adult, or person with disabilities call (919) 245-2800.

Am I Eligible?

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services uses an online benefit estimator tool that can help determine whether you might be eligible for benefits.  Actual eligibility determination must be done at the Department of Social Services.

ePass benefit estimator tool

Applications Available for Download

Medicaid applications can be downloaded here.  Applications for the Food and Nutrition Services Program can be downloaded here: English Version   Spanish Version.  Applications should be mailed to the agency to be processed.