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    Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is proud to announce their new Pet Food Assistance Program. This program was created to assist Orange County residents who have lost income and are in need of pet food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on...
  1. Spring 2020 Job Fair Postponed

    Orange County, NC- Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS), along with NC Works, was scheduled to host the Spring 2020 Job and Trade Fair on Wednesday, March 25, 2020; however, it is now postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis. Read on...
  1. DSS food drive to benefit families impacted by COVID-19

    Orange County DSS is collecting non-perishable food items at both locations to support those in the community impacted by COVID-19. Read on...
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The Orange County Department of Social Services exists to provide protection to vulnerable children and adults, economic support to low-income individuals and families in crisis, and intervention services to at-risk persons residing in Orange County. The agency is the access point for most state and federal human services programs.

Applications and additional information about all programs are available at both Orange County office locations.


We can now accept donations online! Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page.

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Am I Eligible?

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services uses an online benefit estimator tool that can help determine whether you might be eligible for benefits.  Actual eligibility determination must be done at the Department of Social Services.

Applications Available for Download

Medicaid applications can be downloaded here.  Applications for the Food and Nutrition Services Program can be download in an English Version (PDF) or a Spanish Version.  Applications should be mailed to the agency to be processed.

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Report Abuse

To Report the abuse, neglect or exploitation of a child, elderly adult, or person with disabilities call (919) 245-2800.