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Department of
Social Services

John E. Imhof, PhD, LCSW


Traci Barnes

Chief Deputy Commissioner

  3085 Veterans Memorial Hwy,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

 (631) 854-9930

Emergency Services (After 4:30 PM & Weekends, Holidays):
(631) 854-9100

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to provide financial assistance and support services to eligible Suffolk County residents in a cost effective and efficient manner, simultaneously protecting the vulnerable while encouraging their independence and self-sufficiency.

Directory for Public Access to Social Service Programs

Thank you, Timothy Kelsch, for your Holiday Toy Drive

Thank you, Islip High School, for your Generous Toy Donations!

If Your SNAP and/or TA Cash Benefits Have Been Stolen

Foster Youth 18 & over: You May Be Eligible for a Cash Award

Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Questionnaire

The New York State Office of Children & Family Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) recently announced the launch of the CCAP Eligibility Questionnaire to allow parents and caretakers to answer a few questions to see if they are eligible for CCAP. You can access the questionnaire directly by going to: Or, go to the OCFS CCAP website at: and click on "Do I qualify for CCAP".

Child Care Funding

The Suffolk County Department of Social Services provides free or low cost subsidized child care services for eligible families residing in Suffolk County. Please see attached for more information.

Want to Become a Foster Parent?

Foster Care Information for Foster Kids

Foster Care Re-Entry is now available – Did you age out of Foster Care during the pandemic? Please click here for more information.

Cash Awards are coming soon and you may be eligible! Were you in foster care on your 14th birthday or after? Are you at least 18 years old and under age 23? Please click here for more information




Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS) now has a new, free mobile application (app) available to county residents that enables them to submit necessary documents. NYDocSubmit is a mobile app that provides individuals who have applied for, or are receiving DSS benefits, the ability to simply and quickly submit documentation to the DSS. This mobile app is available for download on Google Play™ or the Apple App Store™ and can be used to take photos of documents and upload them to Suffolk DSS. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, having the ability to submit the necessary documentation from the comfort and safety of home is essential to continue supporting families in our county.

Enviar Documentos Electronicamente

Favor pulse aquí para obtener mas información sobre NYDocSubmit

TransLoc Rider App


TransLoc Rider App

You can now track your Suffolk County Transit bus live and get accurate arrival predictions on your mobile phone. Save your favorite stops and routes and set custom alerts. Receive important system-wide announcements about Suffolk County Transit service.

Download the free TransLoc Rider app today at

Programs and Services

Family & Children Services

CPS, Save Haven, Adult Protective Services, Adoption Services, Foster Care, Child Care and more...

Client Benefits Administration

CBA provides financial assistance and service-related programs to economically disadvantaged individuals, many of whom face multiple barriers to economic independence.

Apply Online for Services or Check Eligibility

Prescreen for Programs you may be eligible for. Check Your EBT Balance. Apply for programs.


The Suffolk Works Employment Program (SWEP) helps Temporary Assistance applicants and recipients obtain the skills they need to find employment. Once employed, families can receive help with childcare and other work-related expenses.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.


The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes.

Temporary Housing Assistance

Persons who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless should apply for assistance at a Social Services Center.


Medical Assistance (MEDICAID) provides essential medical services for persons receiving Public Assistance and other low-income persons.

Report Welfare Fraud

If you believe an individual has received welfare assistance improperly, please take the time to share this information with us.

Report Child Abuse or Maltreatment

The New York State Central Register notifies the local child protective services (CPS) immediately. An investigation will begin with 24 hours. This will usually include a telephone call back to the reporting source to verify the information provided and to begin assessing any risk to the child.

Child Support Enforcement Bureau

The Division locates absent parents, establishes legal paternity for children born outside marriage, establishes/enforces child support orders and monitors collection and disbursement of child support payments.


Lost a card? Request a Replacement Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC) here.

SOAR (Shelter Online Attendance Reporting)

A Department of Social Services pilot project. This application is designed to replace the daily phone calls between Department of Social Services Placement personnel and Housing providers to request the previous day’s attendance and room availability at your facility.

Emergency Information

In the event of specific emergencies, please call:

Child Abuse Hotline
1 (800) 342-3720

Emergency Services (After 4:30 PM & Weekends, Holidays)
(631) 854-9100

Abandoned Infant Information
1 (866) TLC-BABY or
1 (866) 852-2229

Adult Protective Intake
(631) 854-3195
(631) 854-3196
(631) 854-3197

In any emergency

DSS Events

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901