Mission Statement


The mission of the Lee County Department of Social Services is to improve the quality of life for Lee County citizens by

promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.



Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2021 Holiday Closures:

New Year's Day January 1, 2021

MLK Jr. Birthday January 18, 2021

Good Friday April 2, 2021

Memorial Day May 31, 2021

Independence Day July 5, 2021

Labor Day September 6, 2021

Veterans Day November 11, 2021

Thanksgiving November 25-26, 2021

Christmas December 23, 24, 27, 2021




Message from Director


Welcome to the website for the Lee County Department of Social Services. I hope you find the information contained throughout this website useful. The mandate of the department is to provide an adequate level of well-being for the citizens of Lee County. Under this mandate, we provide a variety of human services. Our agency provides protection to vulnerable children and adults and economic support to low-income individuals within Lee County. For a short description of the services Lee County DSS provides please click here. Click on the links listed below for program specific information. We are located at 530 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC 27330. If you need further assistance, please call 919-718-4690 and the operator can assist you. 



Angelina Noel




Safe Surrender

What is Safe Surrender? North Carolina’s Safe Surrender law allows an overwhelmed mother to surrender her baby to a responsible adult and walk away. The baby will be adopted. A baby up to 7 days old may be placed with any responsible adult. The baby must be unharmed. Safe surrender is legal and anonymous. Anyone who receives a baby in this way must keep the baby safe and warm, and call 911 or the county social services department immediately. The law is properly called the law to “Decriminalize Abandonment of an Infant.” The law is meant to prevent these babies from being killed or being left unsafely to die. If you have more questions, please go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Safe Surrender web page to find out more information.

Reports of Child Abuse/Neglect/Dependency

Help us keep the children of Lee County safe! If you believe a child is being abused or neglected by his parent, guardian or caretaker, state law requires that you contact DSS to report the maltreatment. You may provide whatever information you have by telephone, in person, or in writing. You do not have to know all the information about a family. You do need to provide all the information you have.

Call 919 718-4690 and say that you need to make a CPS report or, our office is located at 530 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

The agency asks for contact information from reporters so they can be contacted by social workers and so they can receive letters informing them of the status and outcome of the report. However, it is possible for reporters to remain anonymous. It is important for all reporters to know that only a court order allows DSS to reveal the name of a reporter, and this is an extremely rare occurrence.

Reports of Disabled Adults Who Are Abused/Neglected/Exploited

Reports may be made during regular business hours either by telephone contact (919-718-4690) or by a visit to the Department (530 Carthage Street Sanford, NC).

Night, holiday, and weekend reporting for CPS or APS may be made through contact with the Sanford Police Department (919-775-8286) and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (919-718-4560). These agencies are always open and willing to contact our on-call worker. Our worker will contact you regarding your report.

Welfare Fraud

If you suspect welfare fraud by an individual or a business and would like to report it please click the button below.

Report Fraud