Department Of Social Services

Jeff Harrison, Director

130 W King Street
Kinston, NC 28501-4836
P.O. Box 6
Kinston, NC 28503-0006

Notice of Your Rights Under Hawkins v. Cohen - English Version
Notice of Your Rights Under Hawkins v. Cohen - Spanish Version

Main Phone: 252 559 6400

Fax: 252-559-6380 – Services, Child Support, Work First, Day Care, Transportation
252-559-6381 – Administration, Personnel, Accounting
252-559-6328 – Food Stamps, Medicaid, Fraud

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. to Noon

 Mission Statement

It is our mission as agents of the Lenoir County Department of Social Services to provide an optimal level of services and assistance to children, families seniors, and disabled adults--as well as the other individuals targeted or determined to be in need of our services-in a compassionate, caring, courteous, confidential and professional manner. It is the intent of every action taken, or endeavor undertaken to promote and maintain the integrity and dignity of the individual while focusing on enhancing a quality of life that we believe is an integral part of the inalienable rights of every person for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is our belief as human service professionals that service to humanity is the greatest work of life.

Agency Purpose

Lenoir County Department of Social Services is a county operated, state supervised, public, non-profit service delivery organization funded by federal, state, and county revenues.

The agency’s purpose is to provide economic assistance, child support enforcement, and professional social work services to individuals and families living in Lenoir County, and to deliver a large number of specialized and complex programs designed to assist the county in coping with a variety of social and economic conditions.


Gov Benefits links you to a federal web site where you can enter basic data and find out which programs and services you are potentially eligible to receive.

Information on Work Permits for Adolescents

To download a Work Permit

These links are all found on the state web page for North Carolina Division of Social Services. The individual links provide a description of the individual programs. Programs included are Adolescent Parenting Program, Adoption Services, Child Placement Services, Child Protective Services, Child Support Enforcement, Community-Based Programs, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Assistance, Energy Assistance, Food Stamps, Foster Care, Fraud, Independent Living Program for Foster Children (NC LINKS), Interstate Compacts, Interpreting Services, Licensing for Child Placing Agency, Family Foster Homes, Maternity Homes, Residential Child Care Homes, Lifeline-Linkup, Problem Pregnancy Services, Refugee Assistance, Work First Family Assistance, Special Initiatives/Programs, Challenge for Children, Community Child Protection Teams, Multiple Response Systems (MRS)

Division of Child Support services in North Carolina.  Parents can get information about Child Support laws, use guide sheets to calculate their child support obligation, make support payments, and get contact information for their local child support agency.

Division of Child Development. It includes information about the Star-rated license system for North Carolina Child Care centers and homes, a search page for finding a licensed child care provider in your area, and a description of the North Carolina Subsidized Child Care Program. There is also a link to “How to Choose Good Child Care”.

Division of Medical Assistance. . It includes a description of Medicaid for Disabled Adults, Medicaid for Families and Children, Nursing Home Assistance, North Carolina Health Choice for Children, and the Be Smart Family Planning Program.

Department of Social Services Manuals. These manuals contain the rules, policies, and procedures used by the agency to administer services and programs.

These are links to the application forms for the following programs:

Food & Nutrition Services Application       Spanish Version

Food & Nutrition Services App for Individuals Who Receive SSI Benefits

Child Support Services                   Spanish version

Cover Letters for Child Support Applications       Spanish Version

A Change in Situation Report Form

Frequently Asked Questions about DSS

DSS Contract forms and instructions. These forms are required of any vendor doing business with DSS and any contractors.

Title VI Limited English Proficiency

Special Needs Brochure 2012 Spanish Version

Special Needs Registration Form Spanish Version

Employment Information:

Lenoir County Department of Social Services is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Lenoir County provides eligible employees with a very competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance, 12 paid holidays per year, 5% match to 401-K, and other optional benefits.

How to apply to work at DSS?

Submit a State PD-107 application form to Lenoir County Department of Social Services, Personnel Officer, PO Box 6, Kinston, NC 28502 (Telephone 252-559-6400, ext. 6360) or to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Incomplete or unsigned applications will not be processed. This agency uses the structured interview process.

All DSS staff are required to have a valid North Carolina driver’s license and to have access to a vehicle for use at work.

Health Related Documents Link
Social Services Program Fact Sheet
Social Services Program Fact Sheet in Spanish
DSS Electing County Work First Plan eff 10-2016 thru 09-30-2018


130 South Queen Street | Post Office Box 3289 Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: (252) 559-6450 Fax: (252) 559-6454