Department of Social Services


For more information on adopting children through the Department of Social Services, please visit:

To learn more about becoming an adoptive or foster parent, please visit the NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network, or contact at 910-576-6531 x 1123.

These services assist children who cannot safely return to their birth families become part of a legally secure permanent home.

Adoption Services for children in DSS custody include:

  • Recruitment, Training and Assessment of Families
  • Child Specific Adoption Recruitment and Preparation
  • Adoption Placement and Support
  • Adoption Assistance payments
  • Post Adoption Services

Our agency also provides home assessments for relative and independent adoptions as requested and available. There are fees for these services. Please contact our adoption staff for more information if interested.

What is the Safe Haven for Abandoned Infants Act (Daniel's Law)?

This state law provides pregnant women with an alternative to abandoning a newborn baby in potentially fatal circumstances such as in the dumpster. Under the Safe Haven Act, an infant can be left with a hospital or hospital outpatient facility, law enforcement agency, fire station, emergency medical services station, or any staffed house of worship during the hours the facility is staffed. The infant must be less than 7 days old, unharmed, and left by the parent or other person acting for the parent. The law provides the parent immunity from prosecution if the conditions are met. A baby left under these conditions will be placed in DSS foster care and adoptions proceedings will be initiated immediately. Contact our local DSS office if you need additional information.

If you wish to speak to someone please feel free to contact our Child Welfare Team Supervisor:

Kris Hernandez, Deputy Director
FAX: 910-576-5016 x 1123
102 East Spring Street
Drawer N
Troy NC, 27371