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Adult Services Section

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services


Individual and Family Adjustment Services

Individual and Family Adjustment Services help individuals and families to recognize, understand, and cope with problems and conflicts they are experiencing.

Social workers help individuals and families solve personal problems by providing counseling and by helping them locate other services. Individuals and families may seek help with the following:

  • Homelessness
  • School problems
  • Drug addiction and alcoholism
  • Problems taking care of aged parents
  • Handicaps
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Neglectful or abusive family members
  • Delinquency
  • Foster care
  • Money management
  • Household management

Individuals can receive assistance in becoming more self-reliant, in problem solving, and in becoming more resourceful in seeking the help they need. This counseling also helps individuals independently use community resources, including other social services; take advantage of natural support systems; and function within the family. Other services included within Individual and Family Adjustment Services are:

  • Diagnostic psychological study and evaluation necessary to determine the appropriate plan of service.
  • Activities associated with fulfilling the agency's responsibility to serve as guardian or representative payee for individual clients.
  • Social development through therapeutic groups.
  • The development of skills for better social functioning.
  • The arrangement for other services needed to support the provision of individual and family support services.

Eligibility is based on the need for the service rather than income. The target population for this service includes individuals and families who need assistance in order to utilize appropriate social services, and individuals and families who need assistance in coping with specific problems, such as household management, consumer affairs, family life, substance abuse, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and school related problems.

This service is provided by all 100 county departments of social services. If you or someone in your family would like assistance, contact your county department of social services.

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Last updated July 9, 2013

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