The mission of the Ashe County Department of Social Services is to assist families and individuals by helping them maintain, and/or enhance their quality of life; to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable people in the community. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.

 Income Maintenance Programs

 Among Social Services’ income maintenance programs are the Work First program, food and nutrition program, low income energy assistance program, Medicaid program and special assistance for adults.

 Service Programs

 Among the service programs, Social Services administers adoptions, adult care home case management, adult services, case management, child support, adult rest homes, general assistance, guardianship, in-home aid, placement services for adults and children, protective services for adults and children, representative payee, services for the blind, medical transportation and many other programs focused on helping vulnerable individuals within our community.


Community News:

Please click here for information on a Request for Proposals for the Ashe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

Please click here for Energy Assistance Program information.


Click here to learn more about North Carolina ePASS. You can learn if you are potentially eligible for Medical Assistance and Food and Nutrition Services benefits by completing an electronic pre-assessment screening.


Social Services Board of Ashe County-  The board will hold regular month meetings at the Ashe County Courthouse.  These meetings are open to the public and will begin at 11:00 am.  Please click the link to download the meeting schedule.

The Ashe County Department of Social Services is located on the first floor of the new county courthouse. Following are the services provided by our agency and the direct telephone numbers to each service.

Child Support: 336.982.7820 Fax: 336.982.7827

Children’s Services: 336.982.7800 Fax: 336.982.7809

Medicaid:  336-846-5719 Fax: 336-846-5895

Medicaid Transportation: 336-846-5688 Fax: 336-846-5764

Adult Services: 336.846.5644 Fax: 336.846.5779

Food & Nutrition Services: 336.846.5719 Fax: 336.846.5895 

Work First, & Daycare Assistance:  336.846.5644 Fax: 336.846.5779

Administration or inquiries: 336.846.5644 Fax: 336.846.5779