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.

The Camden County Board of Social Services meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM.  For more information, please call the Camden County Department of Social Services at 252-331-4787.


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 Ms. Nekia King, 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. 102.

Public Notice - Nomination Period for Camden County Board of Social Services

The Social Services Commission will make an appointment to the Camden County Board of Social Services to fill the seat of an expired term. The term expired June 30, 2019. The Social Services Commission will consider nominations at a future meeting.

The nomination period is scheduled from July 1, 2019 to August 30, 2019. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 30, 2019. You may obtain a Nomination Form from the local department of social services office (DSS). The form must be fully completed by the nominee, signed, and returned to the address below.

The form can also be accessed on the Web at Click on the link to the Nomination Form at the bottom of the Social Services Commission members web page. Please submit the completed form to: 

Gwendolyn Waller
N.C. Social Services Commission
2444 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2444
Fax Number: (919) 334-1018

(Fax copies will be accepted; however, the original must be mailed to the address above.)

Should you have any questions, please contact Gwendolyn Waller at (919) 527-6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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 - July 1st through June 30th
  • Who is eligible - All households of Camden County may apply.
  • What is required:
    • Meet Income Eligibility (at or below 150% above poverty level)
    • Citizenship/Permanent Resident status
    • A CRISIS must exist
      • A household is in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source;
      • Life-threatening is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source or has a disconnect notice for their primary heating or cooling service and the health or well-being of a household member would be in danger if the heating or cooling crisis was not alleviated.

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