Kent County Social Services

Find Kent County Delaware 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.


Delaware State Social Service Department 100 Sunnyside Road Smyrna DE 19977 302-223-1500


Delaware State Social Service Department 253 Northeast Front Street Milford DE 19963 302-424-7300

Delaware State Social Service Department 417 Federal Street Dover DE 19901 302-744-4701

Delaware State Social Service Department 805 River Road Dover DE 19901 302-739-3351

Delaware State Social Service Department 1114 South Dupont Highway Dover DE 19901 302-739-4578

About Kent County Social Services

Social Services are Delaware State, Kent County and local government agencies responsible for providing a wide range of health and human services and programs in Kent County, DE. The range and types of programs may vary significantly from one jurisdiction to the next, but Social Services in Kent County tends to emphasize safety net programs, the provision of basic necessities, and the protection of children, elderly, and dependent or vulnerable adults.

You may contact Social Services for questions about:
  • Kent County Social Services programs
  • Government benefits and welfare
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Food stamps and EBT cards
  • Kent County Medicare and Medicaid
Kent County SNAP Program & TANF Benefits

Kent County Social Services Departments administer assistance programs, including those that are funded by Federal resources. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance (Kent County food stamps and EBT cards), while Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides general assistance for eligible low-income households in Kent County. The Delaware State and Kent County governments operate additional benefits programs that are geared toward helping low income households pay for basic necessities. Kent County Social Services Departments employ caseworkers to conduct intake, determine eligibility, approve benefits, and ensure compliance with these and other programs.

Medicare and Medicaid in Kent County, DE

Departments of Social Services may also administer Federal government health programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Delaware health programs that provide coverage to low-income uninsured or underinsured groups that are not eligible for Federal health coverage. Health programs for otherwise uninsured children and women are common in Kent County.

Health and Human Services

In Kent County and at the local level, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) often works with Kent County community human service providers to ensure the needs of individuals and families are met. Kent County referral services may cover preventive health care, housing, substance abuse and addiction services, home energy assistance programs, mental health services, and supportive services for people with disabilities. Local providers of basic necessities such as food pantries, temporary and homeless shelters, and child care are usually accessible through Kent County Social Services Departments.

Kent County Human Services

Kent County State Social Services Offices typically administer social and human service programs by contract with Kent County, local government, or community providers. In Delaware the Social Services Department may also be responsible for coordinating and regulating the foster care system and adoptions processes. They may also investigate and support Kent County law enforcement in cases of child welfare or abuses and neglect of the elderly, as well as assisting child support enforcement.