The Department of Social Services provides an array of services to Westchester residents in need of help, including the areas of child support, food, housing, medical services and home energy costs. It also provides protective and preventive services for vulnerable children and adults.
The Fatherhood Initiative is part of County Executive Robert P. Astorino's Safer Communities. The Fatherhood Initiative targets the full spectrum of fathers, from those who are present in the home to those who are not. The initiative aims to help fathers, especially noncustodial dads, live up to their responsibilities as parents, offering programs ranging from child support assistance and parenting workshops to job training and employment opportunities. Read more about the initiative.
In an effort to remove barriers to independence, we offer temporary assistance to customers and applicants so they may gain self-sufficiency through employment and securing support and care for children.
Our child welfare units conduct investigations and family assessments, provide in-home case management, and administer foster care and adoption services. We recognize that some segments of our population, adult and children, are vulnerable and require services to assist and protect them.
To apply for services or inquire about your benefits, call or visit the district office serving your area. My Benefits is a quick and easy way for people in New York State to find answers to questions about New York State's programs and services.
In the event of a specific emergency, you can call:
- Child Abuse Hotline (800) 342-3720
- Abandoned Infant Information (866) 505-SAFE (7233)
- Protective Services for Adults Intake (914) 995-2259
- Emergency Services (914) 995-2099
- Or, you can always call 911 in any emergency
The county's Housing Office locates temporary shelter for homeless families, singles and childless couples. Learn more
Being an adoptive parent means making a lifetime commitment to a child. For those children who can't return to their birth family, adoption provides a new home and family to call their own. View profiles of adoptable children in Westchester. To receive information on adoption, call 211. Learn more
Being a foster parent means providing a caring, nurturing home to a child or sibling group. It means working with the birth parents as part of a team to help bring the family back together. And, it may mean providing a permanent home through adoption for a child who has been with you as a foster child. Call 211. Learn more
New York State law requires both parents to financially support their children to age 21. This responsibility exists even if a parent leaves the home or has never lived with the child. Learn more