In this section:
Department of Human Services
DHS is the new structure of the former Georgia Department of Human Resources. Its mission is to provide Georgia with customer-focused human services that promote child and adult protection, child welfare, stronger families and self-sufficiency. DHS includes the Division of Aging Services, the Division of Child Support Services, and the Division of Family and Children Services.
COMPASS is a new way to access services offered by the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) without having to leave the comfort of your home. The website www.compass.ga.gov serves as a single point of entry for a wide range of programs. COMPASS is also a quick and easy way for people in Georgia to get answers to questions about health and nutrition programs. See www.compass.ga.gov for more information and to apply for benefits.
Guide to Services
Division of Aging Services
The Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services manages a vibrant statewide system to help older Georgians and adults with disabilities live longer, live safely, and live well. Contact the department at: 1-866-55AGING or 1-866-552-4464
Division of Child Support Services
The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) helps children by enforcing parental responsibility to pay financial support.
All Georgia families have access to DCSS services, which include assistance with locating non-custodial parents, confirming paternity, establishing and enforcing child support and medical support orders, and collecting and distributing payments. DCSS also provides the Georgia Fatherhood Services Network and the Access and Visitation Program, both devoted to increasing non-custodial parent involvement in a child’s life.
Division of Family and Children Services
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is the part of DHS that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.