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DCBS Family Support Office Hours

Face-to-face interviews will be taken at all offices except the offices listed below, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grayson County
Middlesboro Office in Bell County
Garrard County
Boyle County
Berea Office in Madison County
Corbin Office in Whitley County
Clark County
Nelson County

Verification or report changes can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to all DCBS offices.

We encourage you to call the DCBS Family Support toll-free number at (855) 306-8959 to start an application, complete your recertification or to report a change.

Applications for SNAP may be started on-line  

Apply for health care benefits through kynect online or by calling kynect at: (855)-4kynect (459-6328) or (855)-326-4654 (TTY).

Services Provided

DCBS services are administered through our network of nine service regions and offices in each of Kentucky's 120 counties. In addition, DCBS uses a network of contract officials to deliver services, such as child care. The provision of services is enhanced through a close relationship and coordination with local community partners. 

Commissioner, Teresa James

Teresa James, DCBS Acting CommissionerA native of Midway, Ky. James was appointed commissioner for the Department for Community Based Services on Sept. 5, 2012.  James previously served as acting commissioner and deputy commissioner for DCBS.

She received a bachelor of social work degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. She has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1993 and currently is licensed in the state of Kentucky.

James has 25 years of clinical social work experience, including more than 17 years working with severely abused and neglected children and their families and four years working with vulnerable adults. She began her career in 1986 as a frontline child protective services worker with the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources office in Danville, Ky.

In the late 1980s, James was a part of a group in Florida that began to address the issues of medically complex children in the foster care system. From that group the Florida Medical Foster Parenting Program was developed and became the model for many states around the country.

She has worked in pediatric medical settings with the issues of abuse and neglect and has dealt with issues surrounding children with chronic illness and severe health needs. She also has performed trauma and crisis intervention work and was a domestic violence trainer, educating more than 4,000 medical professionals a year on the issues surrounding violence in families.

Overview of DCBS

The department provides family support; child care; child and adult protection; eligibility determinations for Medicaid and food benefits; and administration of an energy cost assistance program.

The department administers the state foster care and adoption systems and recruits and trains parents to care for the state's children who are waiting for a permanent home.

With offices in every county, DCBS provides services and programs to enhance the self-sufficiency of families; improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults; and, engage families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process.

DCBS was formed within the Cabinet for Families and Children in 1998 to give local offices more decision-making authority and the ability to collaborate more effectively with other community service providers. The Cabinet for Families and Children and the Cabinet for Health Services were consolidated in 2004 by Governor Ernie Fletcher.

DCBS Mission Statement

To provide leadership in building high quality, community based human service systems that enhance safety, permanency, well-being and self-sufficiency for Kentucky's families, children and vulnerable adults.

DCBS Vision

"A nationally recognized department comprised of a highly skilled workforce that:

  • Provides services to enhance the self-sufficiency of families;
  • Improves safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults;
  • Engages families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process;
  • Utilizes innovative technological resources to improve outcomes and efficiencies;
  • Creates information systems and uses evidence-based practice to guide management decisions;
  • Practices system wide continuous quality improvement and shared accountability;
  • Fosters a dynamic learning organization; and,
  • Adapts to changing community needs and challenges."


  Hotline Referrals
The online Kentucky Child/Adult Protective Services Reporting System is available for professionals to report non-emergency situations that do not require an immediate response from our staff. The website is monitored from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday. Reports will not be reviewed during evenings, weekends or state holidays.

Find Your Local DCBS Office

Kentucky Adult Protective Services Caregiver Misconduct Registry

Web Based Reporting System Flyer

DCBS Customer Satisfaction Survey

Kentucky Permanency Roundtables

Application for Benefits

Safe Haven
The Kentucky Safe Infants Act allows parents to leave babies younger than three days old at a safe place. No one will call the police, and no one will ask for your name. More information can be found at this Web page.

Adam Walsh Requirements and Forms

Data Book

DCBS Training Branch

Additional Information

Last Updated 11/17/2015