The Department of Social Services administers all federally mandated programs such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Work First Family Assistance, Crisis and LIEAP. Childcare, Adoptions and Foster Care services are also provided. They assess child abuse and neglect, and offer help to support and preserve families. They offer services such as Adult Protective Services, Adult Placement Services and Guardianship Services.

For more information, please contact the Camden County Department of Social Services:

By phone:252-331-4787

By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The DSS Board consists of 5 members; 2 are appointed by the North Carolina Social Services Commission, 2 are appointed by the Camden County Commissioners and 1 is appointed by the DSS Board. Any resident of Camden County who is interested in serving on this board may request an application by emailing Craig Patterson, Director/DSS Board Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by picking up an application at the Camden County Department of Social Services building located next to the Camden County Courthouse. 

For more information regarding this or any other DSS matter, contact the Camden County Social Services at (252) 331-4787 ext. 101.

The Camden County Board of Social Services meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM.



Hawkins v. Cohen is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina.  The case concerns improper terminations of Medicaid benefits.  Click Here to view the case document.



  • When - December 1st through March 30th
  • Who is eligible - All applications will be accepted, regardless of funds availability.
    • From Dec. 1st to Dec. 31st Only households with a county resident age 60 or older; or
    • A disabled person receiving services through DAAS;
    • From January 1st to March 31st, any household in Camden County may apply.
  • What is required:
    • Meet Income Eligibility (at or below 130%  of current poverty level)
    • Be a vulnerable household at the time of application.
      • A household is vulnerable if it has a heat source and are billed separately and are subject to the rising cost of heating for the heat expense.

Come in today or call (252) 331-4747 and talk to one of our Social Workers.

Social Services

Craig Patterson Director of Social Services Post Office Box 70, 117 NC Hwy 343 North Camden, NC 27921 252-331-4787