Social Work Services

The Mission of the Buncombe County Social Work Services is to partner with individuals, families and communities to strengthen their efforts toward independence, permanence and safety.

We aim to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable citizens and promote self-reliance and self-sufficiency for individuals and families. Our staff is committed to providing Buncombe's diverse population with effective services in a timely and respectful manner.

Services Provided: Adults

Adult Care Homes Licensing & Monitoring
Adult Care Homes, commonly referred to as Rest Homes, Family Care Homes, or Assisted Living, are homes which provide residential care for aged and disabled adults.

Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care is the provision of an organized program of services during the day in a community group setting for the purpose of supporting adults personal independence...

Aging Services
Buncombe County Health & Human Services (HHS) contracts with Land of Sky Regional Council for planning and coordination of the county funding plan for aging services.

Guardianship
Guardianship is a legal relationship in which someone (the guardian) is authorized by the clerk of superior court to be a substitute decision maker for an incompetent adult (the ward).

Adult & Child Intake
The Adult Unit has a Social Worker available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., to answer phone calls or take walk-ins.

Placement Services
Placement Services assists aging or disabled individuals who have no one available to assist them in finding substitute homes or residential health care facilities...

Protective Services
Do you have concerns about a disabled adult who is either living in the community or in a licensed facility?

Services for the Blind
Services to the Blind provides assistance to eligible blind and/or visually impaired persons. This program is administered by NC Services for the Blind.

Services Provided: Children & Families

Foster & Adoption Licensing
Partners with the community to recruit, train, license, support and monitor foster and adoptive homes for children in foster care. Foster and adoptive families are diverse in race, ethnicity, income and age.

Protective Services
N.C. law requires that local county departments of Social Work Services ensure children's safety in their homes.

Foster Care
Foster care is temporary substitute care for children who cannot remain safely in their home as determined by the Court.

Licensing of Foster Homes
We encourage interested persons to contact us to learn about Orientation the required 30 hour Pre-service Training.