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Adult Services Section

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services

Adult Protective Services

Disabled adults are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. County departments of social services receive and evaluate reports to determine whether disabled adults are in need of protective services and what services are needed (as required by Article 6, Chapter 108A of the North Carolina General Statutes).

If you have a concern that an elderly or disabled adult is being exploited, abused or neglected, call your county Department of Social Services office.

County agencies protect adults by:

  • Receiving reports and evaluating the need for protective services
  • Planning and counseling with the disabled adult, the family or caregiver to identify, remedy, and prevent problems which result in abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Reporting evidence of mistreatment to the District Attorney and various regulatory agencies when appropriate
  • Initiating court action as necessary to protect the adult
  • Mobilizing essential services on behalf of the disabled adult

2011 APS Survey Data (PDF 26KB)

2009 APS Survey Data (PDF 30KB)

Disabled adults or disabled emancipated minors present in North Carolina who are reported to be abused, neglected, or exploited and in need of protective services are eligible to receive this service without regard to income.

The new and revised Adult Protective Services Tools are now available on our website.

Issue Brief Impact of the Economic Crisis on Adult Protective Services, September 2009

A resource for developing local APS multidisciplinary teams:
"Multidisciplinary Elder Abuse Prevention Teams: A New Generation"
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Lisa Nerenberg, M.S.W., M.P.H, Author
September, 2003


Last updated February 29, 2012

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