Social Work

Adult & Aging - This unit is made up of numerous programs including CAP/DA, In-Home Services, Respite, State In-Home, Special Assistance In-Home, At-Risk and nutrition services. These programs are provided to assist adults and enable them to remain in their homes. This unit also contains Adult Protective Services, which evaluates reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation on disabled adults.

Child Protective Services (CPS) - Child Protective Services is made up of Child Protective Services Team One and Team Two. Each Team consists of 6 workers each whose responsibilities are to assess reports of child abuse, neglect, and dependency.

Foster Care & Adoptions - Foster care is a temporary substitute care provided to abused, neglected and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. Foster Families are recruited, trained and licensed to care for abused and neglected children temporarily, while their parents work with social work professionals to resolve their family issues. Relatives may be licensed as foster parents. The length of stay in foster care varies from a few days to much longer.

Adoption - Adoption is the method provided by law to establish the legal relationship of parent and child between persons who are not so related by birth, with the same mutual rights and obligations that exist between children and their birth parents. The primary purpose of adoption is to help children whose parents are incapable of assuming or continuing parental responsibilities to become parent of a new family.

Steps and Processes of Foster Home Licensing

Foster Parent Orientation:

Prospective foster parents are asked to complete an online orientation before enrolling in MAPP Training (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting). This orientation covers many basic issues that will assist individuals in making decisions about becoming licensed foster parents in NC.

Foster Care & Adoption Resources:


For more information on these programs and how to apply for them or how to file a APS report, CPS report, or how to foster a child please visit our FAQs page.