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NYS Local Departments of Social Services

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NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)


New York State is divided into 58 local social services districts. The five boroughs of New York City comprise one district. Outside of New York City each district corresponds to one of the fifty-seven counties that make up the remainder of the state. County Departments of Social Services (DSS) provide or administer the full range of publicly funded social services and cash assistance programs. Families whose income meets state guidelines and who meet other criteria, may be able to receive a subsidy to offset some of their child care costs. If you are interested in learning more about the availability of child care subsidies in your county, please contact your DSS office.

Listed on this web page is an alphabetical list of the fifty-eight DSS Offices available throughout New York State.

Please Note: The NYS Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the Department of Health have supervisory oversight of the social services districts.



Community Living ProgramsDisability RightsDomestic ViolenceFinancial SupportsFoster CareHealth Care AccessHealth InsuranceHousing SupportsInformation and ReferralLegal Rights/Protective ServicesLife Skill DevelopmentMandated ReportingSafety for Persons with DisabilitiesTransitions to AdulthoodTransportation

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Family/Youth Support and Peer Advocacy

Information and support for individuals and families with behavioral, emotional, physical and/or mental health challenges.

Financial Assistance

Help given to a person or organization in the form of money, loans, reduced taxes, etc.

Legal/Civil Rights/Protective Services

Information regarding the discrimination against people with physical/mental disabilities, as well as information on protective services.

Training and Technical Assistance

Planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of activities designed to achieve specific learning objectives and help resolve problems.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council