The Halifax County Department of Social Services provides financial assistance and social services to all County residents who meet eligibility criteria. Its purpose is to enable individuals to function at their maximum capacity, to become self-sufficient, to improve their standard of living, to learn to cope adequately with their problems, and to provide preventive services that will avoid family breakup and enable individuals to remain in their own homes. Programs include adoption, services to the blind, chore services household services), counseling, day-care for children, delinquency prevention services, employment training, family planning, foster care for adults and children, health support services, homemaker services, housing referral, food assistance (food stamps), protective services for children and adults, services to the handicapped or aging disabled, child support services, surplus commodities, fuel assistance, aid to families with dependent children, and medicaid.
Social Services also arranges for transportation to medical appointments for persons who receive medicaid and who have no means of transportation. The department inspects and licenses rest homes and assists in the placement of individuals in nursing homes. Counseling is also available to assist in the development of alternatives to rest home and nursing home placement.