Social Services

The Amherst County Department of Social Services provides social work services, financial services, and volunteer opportunities administered according to state and federal regulations.  The mission of the department is to offer timely, appropriate, quality services to individuals and families in order to promote self-sufficiency and to protect children and adults.


The Department offers the following programs:  Adoption, Adult Protective Services, Adult Services, Auxiliary Grant Program, Child Protective Services, Day Care Services to Children, Emergency Assistance, Emergency Shelter Operations, Employment Services, Energy Assistance, Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), Family Partnership Meetings, Foster Care, Home Based Care (Companion Services), Intake Services, Medicaid, Prevention and Support Services for Families, SNAP (food assistance), State/Local Hospitalization, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Volunteer Services


In accordance with 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.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).  The Amherst County Department of Social Services and USDA are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Us

Susan B. Mays,

Social Services
224 Second St
P.O. Box 414
Amherst, VA 24521
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