Child Protective Services

We protect children by providing services for families. This includes specialized services for abused, neglected, and/or dependent children, and those who are at imminent risk of harm due to the actions of, or lack of protection by, the child’s parent or caregiver.

These services are designed to protect children from further harm and support and improve parental/caregiver abilities in order to assure a safe and nurturing home for each child.

Reporting Abuse/Neglect

When Should a Report Be Made?
Protecting children is a priority. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you should file a report with the Department of Social Services (DSS). Emergency situations should be directed to 911. Information can be given anonymously.

How to Report
Call the Lenoir County DSS at 252-559-6400, ext. 6210 during normal operating hours.

Notice: Do not send child abuse or neglect referrals through email or this website. Please cal 252-559-6400, ext. 6210 during normal business hours or after 5:00 PM, call 911 and ask for the On Call Social Worker.

Information for Parents

At What Age Can a Child Be Left Home Alone?
Many other factors may apply to this situation such as the maturity of child, the length of time the child is alone, and if there are appropriate emergency plans in place. Each situation is viewed on a case by case basis.

Services to Help With Teenagers
According to North Carolina law, parents are responsible for their children until age 18. Our staff can refer you to excellent resources that may assist you with parenting. Call 252-559-6400 for more information.

Child Protective Services In-Home Services
The purpose of Child Protective Services In-Home Services is to help parents/caretakers develop and carry out plans to ensure the safety of their child on an ongoing basis. Staff are responsible for providing sufficient in-home services to the family where abuse, neglect, and/or dependency has been substantiated.

Lenoir County Department of Social Services
Phone:
252-559-6400

Fax:

Adult Services & Child Welfare Services - 252-520-7878

Child Support Services - 252-559-6380

Economic Services (Food & Nutrition Services, Medicaid, Fraud, Energy, Transportation) - 252-559-6328

Administration, Personnel, Business Officer/Accounting - 252-559-6381

Physical Address:

130 W King Street
Kinston, NC 28501-4836

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6
Kinston, NC 28503-0006

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday – 7:30am to 12:00pm

Director: Jeff Harrison

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information?

For more information please visit the NC DHHS Website.