Madison County Child, Youth, and Family Services

Find Madison County Alabama child, youth, and family services. Child, youth, and family services provide support in all aspects of child and family welfare, including social services, abuse services, and protection services.


National Childrens Advocacy Center 200 West Side Square Huntsville AL 35801 256-533-0531


Neaves Davis Center for Children 817 Cook Avenue Northwest Huntsville AL 35801 256-532-0516

What is Child, Youth, and Family Services?

Madison County Offices of Child and Family Services (OCFS) are Alabama State, Madison County, or local government agencies that provide programs and services to improve the economic and social well-being of children, youth, and families in Madison County, AL. Protective services and certain regulatory functions may also be among the responsibilities of a Madison County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

You may contact Children and Family Services for questions about:
  • Madison County Child, Youth, and Family Services programs
  • Child abuse and maltreatment
  • Madison County adoptions, foster care, and group homes
  • Social services programs
  • SNAP Food Stamp program in Madison County, Alabama
Madison County Child and Family Services

Economic security services range from emergency assistance and income support programs to services that help Madison County families become more financially self-sufficient. Common types of emergency assistance include energy assistance, housing assistance, and support following natural disasters or other crises. Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments help build economic independence by offering Madison County job training, education assistance, assistance connecting with employers, and childcare subsidy programs. They are also the point of access for some federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the Madison County Food Stamp Program.

Child Welfare & Safety

Children's welfare services are among the chief responsibilities of Child, Youth, and Family Services in Madison County. In Alabama, the department may be responsible for regulating child placement agencies involved in adoptions, foster care, and transitional placements. For children that age out of foster care, a transition resource office provides independent living services to aid in the transition from foster home to self-sufficiency. Child, Youth, and Family Services also regulate and license Madison County child day care providers, and they may also certify childcare workers. Madison County DCFS offices may provide early childhood development services, such as early intervention for developmental delays and school readiness programs. Alabama Child, Youth, and Family Services may help to enforce child support.

Madison County Group Homes

Child, Youth, and Family Services Departments are also responsible for Madison County group homes where individuals with disabilities reside and receive supportive services. The agency may operate group homes with in-house resources, or they may contract operations to other organizations.

Abuse Victim Services

Madison County DCFS offices respond to cases of child abuse, domestic abuse, elderly or adult abuse, and human trafficking. These services usually feature a telephone helpline and other means for reporting abuse or threatening situations. They also connect victims and survivors to advocates and supportive services, such as safe shelter and counseling in Madison County, Alabama.