Services Available at the Western Human Services Center

The Western Health and Human Services Center offers the following services:  

Children & Family Services

Health & Human Services programs provide support to families with children. These services help first-time moms prepare for birth, provide nurse home visits and additional services through the child’s first five years, and continued support to school age children and their families.

Child Care Subsidy

The Wake County Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance for parents and their child care needs. The amount of child care subsidy for each family is based on an assessment of need, income and family size. Every year Wake County receives state and federal funds to be used for subsidized child care services for its residents. We also provide information about choosing and using quality child care.

More information about Child Care Subsidy

Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services protects children and enhances their well-being by supporting and strengthening families.

More information about Child Protective Services

Family Services

Programs within our Children and Family Services provide support to families with children. These services help first-time moms prepare for birth, provide nurse home visits and additional support through a child’s first five years and continued support to school age children and their families.

More information about Family Services

Foster Care

At times, children who have been abused or neglected must be removed from their homes for their safety.  Foster Care (now called Permanency Planning) is a temporary removal.  Parents can work on getting back together (called reunification).  If a family is unable to get back together, other long-term options may include Adoption.   

More information about Foster Care

Programs & Assistance

Health & Human Services is committed to protecting children and older adults, helping people meet their basic needs, and strengthening families. Programs and Assistance include benefits such as employment assistance, energy assistance, food assistance, Medicaid, seasonal programs, senior and adult services, social services, transportation, and Work First/CCS.

Food and Nutrition Services

The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Program, once referred to as Food Stamps, helps low-income households with their monthly food expenses. The purpose of Food and Nutrition Services is to end hunger and improve nutrition and health. It helps eligible low-income households buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.

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Medicaid is a medical assistance program that serves children, adults and families.

Medicaid will pay the medical bills for people who meet certain eligibility requirements, such as income, age or disability. Covered services include hospitalizations, physician services, medications and different levels of care in nursing and residential facilities.

More information about Medicaid

Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides healthy foods, nutrition and breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and community services. WIC serves babies and children up to age five, pregnant women, and new mothers. All caretakers of young children and working families are welcome at WIC!

More information about WIC

Additional Resources

Wake Network of Care

A one-stop resource directory to help you locate needed services and support throughout the Wake Community.

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