Social Services DepartmentThe Beaufort County Department of Social Services is dedicated to assisting individuals and families in need of basic economic support and to providing opportunities for those individuals to become self-reliant through provisions of supportive services.

We encourage the right to self-determination and strive to provide services in a responsive and compassionate manner while maintaining the dignity and integrity of the individual. Toward this end and in cooperation with other public and private entities, we seek to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Beaufort County.

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people's lives.

Duties of Social Workers include:

  • Assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems.
  • Help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse.
  • Assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse.
  • Conduct research, advocate for improved services, engage in systems design or are involved in planning or policy development.
  • Child, family, and school social workers may also be known as child welfare social workers, family services social workers, child protective services social workers, occupational social workers, or gerontology social workers. They often work for individual and family services agencies, schools, or State or local governments.

Other types of social workers include social work administrators, planners and policymakers, who develop and implement programs to address issues such as child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, and violence. These workers research and analyze policies, programs, and regulations. They identify social problems and suggest legislative and other solutions. They may help raise funds or write grants to support these programs.

Social Services Contact Information

  • PO Box 1358
  • 632 West 5th Street
  • Washington, NC 27889
  • Phone: (252) 975-5500
  • Fax: (252) 975-5555

Social Services Staff

    • Sonya Toman, MSW
    • Director
    • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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