Social Services

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Welcome to Rutherford County Department of Social Services

As you explore this website, you will hopefully find answers to many of your questions about our agency and its services.  We are committed to providing our citizens the services they need in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  I invite you to take a look at our Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Values by clicking on the link below.  Our staff continually focuses on how service delivery can be improved and welcomes your comments and concerns, so feel free to contact our office at any time by phone or through any e-mail address that you find on this website.

Social Services Director
Dee Hunt

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Our Mission:
To support, protect, and enhance the quality of life in Rutherford County by partnering with families and the community to provide needed services and meaningful opportunities for our citizens. 

Core Values

Mailing Address:                                                 
Post Office Box 242             
Spindale, North Carolina  28160

Physical Address: 
389 Fairground Road
Spindale, North Carolina 28160

Phone: 828-287-6165
Fax:      828-288-4045

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Click on quick links below if you need information on:
Adult Services
Services for Adults
Services for the Blind 
Unclaimed Bodies Policy/Information
How to make an Adult Mistreatment Report

Child Support
Child Support Services

Children's Services
Child Protective Services
Community Child Protection Team
CPS In Home Services
Foster Care
Foster Parent Licensing
How to make a Child Maltreatment Report
How to recognize Child Maltreatment
Related Links - Car Seat Safety for Children

Economic Services
Program Descriptions
Program Descriptions - Spanish

Adult Medicaid
Community Resource List
Energy Programs (CIP/LIEAP)
Apply for Benefits Using EPass
Food and Nutrition Services
Medicaid Eligibility
Medicaid Transportation
Email Medicaid Verifications Here
Work First
Work Permits

Consumer Bill of Rights
Covid 19 Information
Covid 19 Information - Spanish
Employment Opportunities
Holiday Schedule
Organizational Structure
Social Services Board
Social Services Staff
Related Websites
Year End Report 2022-2023