Social Services

Report Abuse or Neglect

To Report Child Abuse or Neglect call 704-216-8499. After regular business hours, call Rowan County Communications at 704-216-8500.

Vision StatementDepartment of Social Services Building

To Provide, Protect and Serve with Excellence.

Mission Statement

To strengthen the quality of life for our citizens, in partnership with our community, by protecting and providing resources to individuals and families while being accountable and outcome focused.


Rowan County Department of Social Services (DSS) is committed to improving the lives of our citizens, helping them to overcome life's challenges, while at the same time promoting their personal responsibility in order to build a stronger community.

Current societal issues make the provision of quality human and social services more important than ever. Many in our community face unemployment, homelessness, addictions, lack of medical care, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and hunger. Reacting to these issues in an appropriate, healthy, and positive way is challenging for anyone but impossible for some unless they have assistance and support. Many people find themselves with no place to turn except to government agencies such as DSS. Complex human needs must be met, even when resources are scarce.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services to provide services, care, benefits, and assistance to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or political beliefs.

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Foster Parents Needed

There is an urgent need for foster parents to care for Rowan County foster children. Caring individuals are needed to provide temporary homes to children in foster care in Rowan County. Receive a free informational packet by calling 704-216-7914 or Email Jon Hunter. Please give your name, mailing address, phone number and email.

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