Find county welfare services from county and local government offices
A Child, Youth, and Family Services Office provides programs and services to assist children, youth, and families. This can include protective services, emergency assistance, and income support programs. Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments may offer job training, education assistance, and childcare subsidy programs. They may also be responsible for children's welfare services, such as adoption and foster care, as well as regulating and licensing child daycare providers. They may be responsible for enforcing child support payments and investigating child abuse, domestic abuse, and elderly or adult abuse. The Child, Youth, and Family Services Office may provide access to services on its website.
A Food Stamp Office administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a form of nutrition assistance provided to income-eligible households. Local Food Stamp Offices can process applications for SNAP benefits, help determine eligibility for the program, and provide nutritional education. They also help administer monthly benefits, distribute food assistance benefits, and accept applications from individuals and households. Food Stamp Offices may also monitor compliance with SNAP rules. Food Stamp Offices provide access to information and services on their websites.
A Social Security Office is a local branch of the federal Social Security Administration. Social Security Offices issue Social Security cards, estimate retirement benefit payments, and help people determine their eligibility for benefits. They also process applications for retirement benefits and SSI benefits. These records contain personal information, details on an individual's work history, their government benefits, and survivor benefits. Social Security Offices provide information about a range of services offered by Social Security, which may be available through their website.
A Social Services Department provides a range of health and human services and programs. They often administer safety net programs, provide basic necessities, and protect children, the elderly, and dependent or vulnerable adults. Social Services may administer assistance programs such as SNAP or TANF, as well as Medicare or Medicaid and any state health programs for low-income uninsured or underinsured groups. They may also provide housing services, substance abuse and addiction services, energy assistance, and mental health services. Social Service Departments provide online access to many of their services and programs.
A WIC Office provides access to the Women, Infants, and Children nutritional program. WIC Offices process applications to join the program, provide nutrition education, and administer food services to eligible people. Pregnant and recently pregnant women, infants, and young children are eligible for the program if they meet income requirements and are at nutrition risk. WIC Offices determine eligibility for benefits and accept applications, and they may conduct assessments for determining nutrition risk. WIC Office services may be available through their website.