Welcome To Swain County

Social Services


Swain DSS is required by law to respond to reports of suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and adults. Did you know that you are required by law to report to DSS should you think a vulnerable child or adult is being neglected, abused, or exploited? NC General Statutes requires that "any person having reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable child or adult is in need of protective services shall report such information to the department of social services." Reporters have the right to remain anonymous, and are immune from civil or criminal liability as long as the reporter is reporting things in good faith without malice. Anyone with concerns about the health, safety or welfare of a child or adult should make a report by phone, mail, or in person.

The Swain County Department of Social Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or in the provision of services.


Department of Social Services
80 Academy Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address
PO Box 610
Bryson City, NC 28713


Sheila Sutton, Director
Phone 828-488-6921
Fax 828-488-8271

Office Hours