Social Services

The Burke County Department of Social Services is dedicated to assist individuals who require or request our applicable social work services to maintain or enhance the quality of their lives. We strive to provide those services within the context of community needs, the law, and state defined policy. We further seek to provide those services in a manner that respects the dignity of each human being and recognizes the need for each individual to reach his/her highest level of independence.


If you need to report abuse or neglect during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, call 828-764-9600 and ask to speak to a children's protective services intake worker. 

After Hours & Weekends

After 5 p.m. or on the weekend, call the Burke County Sheriff's Department at 828-438-5500 and ask to speak to the Burke County Department of Social Services on-call social worker.  Do not make a report using this website.

  1. Burke County DSS Public Notice

    Posted on February 5, 2024

    The North Carolina Social Services Commission will make an appointment to the Burke County Board of Social Services. The Social Services Commission will consider nominations at a future meeting. Additional Info...
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