Share your love with a child who needs you!
PDSS C.A.R.E.S Program, is seeking loving foster homes for children between the ages 4 through 18 years old with medical, behavioral and/or emotional needs. All foster parents are provided with a competitve stipend and wrap around services. Learn more about C.A.R.E.S program.
For more information about the CARES program, contact Valentina Palmer 405-1800 ext 8190

Assistance Finding a Job
Finding a job is a “snap” at the PDSS Shared Network Access Point. The lab is open several afternoons a week to assist job seekers in connecting to the Workforce Development One Stop through internet access and job matching tools. The lab is recruiting volunteers who would like to staff the lab, as well as job seekers who need help to build a resume and access internet posted job leads.
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The department provides services to individuals and families that enable them to be the best they can be.  Some of these services include foster care, adoption services,  adult and child protective services, job assistance, food stamps, medical aid, and many others.  We're here to help citizens lead productive, self-sufficient lives.

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Department of Social Services Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

People who believe that they were subject to discrimination may file a complaint by calling (866) 632-9992 (voice). (800) 877-8339 (Federal Relay Service), or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish), or by writing:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Director, Office of Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410