Social Services

Find departments of social services, DSS, DPSS, and human services. Departments of social services provide information on food stamps, public assistance, welfare, housing, healthcare, emergency assistance, and child services.


What are Social Services?

Different levels of government provide social services with the goal of improving the quality of life for members of the community. Social service organizations go by different names including departments of social services and human services. Departments of social services provide information on food stamps, public assistance, welfare, housing, health care, emergency assistance and child services. The government provides social services at the local, state and federal levels.

These services deliver aid to families in the form of food and financial assistance. In many cases, the services that are provided only last for a set period, which is usually limited to times when the family is unable to pay for its necessities. Social services also help families that need to pay and collect child support payments, serving as the middleman to ensure that children get what they need from both parents. Social services also provide assistance for military families, the elderly and the homeless.

Social Services are responsible for

  1. Providing financial assistance to families that are struggling to pay bills for necessities.
  2. Assisting families with paying, collecting and enforcing child support payments.
  3. Assisting senior citizens, the disabled and their families with finding resources, and supporting health care and elderly care facilities.
  4. Providing assistance for families with adoption and foster care to ensure that such families meet the needs of children in their care.
  5. Providing services for early childhood education and school readiness programs.

Are there different types of Social Services?

There are several types of social services offered at the federal, state and local levels. At the federal level, social services provide financial, nutrition and early childhood education programs. There are also services for adults who are returning to civilian life after military service, and services provided for families of active duty military. The elderly can also qualify for social services at the federal level, especially if they are in need of health care and a safe place to live. That state also tasks social services with providing assistance for foster care and adoption.