Social Services


The Swain County Department of Social Services shall meet with clients at their point of need to provide preventive, supportive, and restorative sevices delivered with competence and compassion while striving to protect vulnerable children, aged, disabled, and poor in our community. These services will enhance skills, knowledge, encourage self-sufficiency, dignity, and independence. We will work to preserve the honor and privacy of all people and provide programs of human welfare with the goal of improving the quality of life for Swain County Citizens.

(established by our staff, DSS board, and director)

Children and families at risk of abuse, neglect, and poverty will live in safe, healthy, and stable environments. Economically disadvantaged families will become self determined and not remain dependent on public assistance. Families experiencing economic hardship will obtain assistance. Aging and disabled adults to be safe and remain in the least restrictive settings. Swain County DSS will run an effective, resourceful, knowledgeable, and responsible organization. Enhance collaboration and communication between units within the agency.


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

Mailing Address
PO Box 610
Bryson City, NC 28713

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

Office Hours