Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County Coronavirus Update (April 6, 2020)

04.06.2020

Click Here for the Latest Coronavirus Update >> brunswickcountync.gov/alert-ticker/information-on-coronavirus/

Note >> Executive Order No. 121 Goes Into Effect Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, April 29

Read >> Frequently Asked Questions About Executive Order No. 121

 

Key Points

  • As of April 6, there are 26 positive cases of COVID-19, 124 pending test results and 626 confirmed negative test results, totaling 776 tests administered so far. Of the 26 positive cases, 13 have recovered; one is a death associated to COVID-19.
  • The location of COVID-19 cases in Brunswick County is a frequently asked question. Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are in isolation in their homes located within the majority of zip codes throughout the county. Brunswick County citizens should assume that community transmission of COVID-19 is present in their neighborhoods and take the appropriate precautions.
  • See a full list of food resources and programs available to those who need assistance in the full update (contact and/or applications/qualifications might be necessary).
  • If you recently traveled to Brunswick County from another country, another state, or even another county in North Carolina, you need to take responsible, proactive measures to quarantine yourself and any fellow travelers now. Stay at home unless you are visiting an essential service or operation (like visiting the grocery store, pharmacy, medical office, or work), exercising outdoors or helping a family member.
  • Brunswick County requires individuals to contact county departments via phone or email first and to schedule appointments for in-person visits if necessary.

 

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information (Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

 

NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7)

  • Phone: 1.866.462.3821

 

North Carolina 2-1-1 Program

  • For COVID-19 questions, dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162
  • Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211

 

The County has information and resources for individuals, businesses and municipalities that need assistance via the follow webpages:

 

Brunswick County Schools Information/Updates

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Children’s Services

Child Protective Services (CPS)

Child Protective Services (CPS) is a mandated program. CPS programs strive to protect children from abuse and neglect while attempting to preserve the family unit. Child Protective Services aim prevent further harm to children from intentional physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, exploitation, or neglect by a person responsible for a child’s health or welfare. In addition, the service also helps children who have no parent, guardian, or custodian to provide care and supervision, or whose parents or guardians or custodian is unable to provide for the care or supervision and lacks an appropriate alternative child care arrangement. Social services staff provide these services through:

  • Assessing suspected cases of abuse and neglect
  • Assisting the family in diagnosing the problem
  • Linking families to counseling and supportive services to keep the family intact
  • Petitioning the court for removal of the child, if necessary
  • Providing public information about child abuse, neglect, and dependency

 Child Protective Services Reports

Any individual who suspects that a child may be abused, neglected or dependent shall call the local department of social services to make a report.  Reports of child abuse, neglect or dependency can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During Business Hours: reports can be made in person in the Social Service Building B Annex on the Brunswick County Government Complex or by phone at 910-253-2077 or 910-253-2415

After-hours, weekends or holidays: Call 911 and ask to speak to the after-hours social worker. The 911 operator will contact the after-hours social worker who will return your call.

Counties wishing to request assistance with a child welfare issue can call our intake line at 910-253-2114 or 910-253-2185.  After-hours, weekends or holidays, please call 910-253-7490 and ask to speak with the after-hours social worker.

By law, the identity of the person making a report of child abuse, neglect or dependency is kept confidential. If the situation is a medical emergency or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911

 Foster Care

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for children who have been abused or neglected and need a safe place to live. With the approval of a judge, the local Department of Social Services can take custody of the at risk child(ren) and place the child(ren) in a foster home.  Birth families, DSS and foster families work together to return children to their homes as soon as possible.  The length of stay in foster care varies from several days to much longer.  In some case, the child is unable to return and becomes free for adoption.  Foster parents may be considered as adoptive parents.

Foster families are recruited, trained, and licensed to care for abused and neglected children temporarily, while their parents work with social work professionals to resolve their family issues. Relatives may be licensed as foster parents.

Adoption

Some foster children are not able to turn to their birth parents. Adoption Services help find permanent homes for children and to provide support to the families who adopt them. To learn more about becoming a Foster/Adoptive Parent, please contact Tamela Jones at 910-253-2112 or Tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov

NC LINKS

NC LINKs is the Independent Living Services for Foster Children. The program is designed to help develop independent living skills and offer support to young adults. LINKS program provides services and resources to:

  • Young adults in foster care age 16-18
  • Young adults who are between the ages of 18-21 who were in foster care on their 18th birthday.

To learn more about the LINKS program, please call 910-253-2234 and ask to speak to the LINKS Coordinator

 Foster Care 18-21

The Foster Care 18 to 21 program is a result of the 2015 session of the N.C. General Assembly, which extended for up to three years the provision of benefits and services to young adults aging out of foster care. This program is designed to offer continued support to youth you have aged out of foster care. An individual who has reached 18 years of age but is not yet 21 years of age, and was in foster care upon his/her 18th birthday, may receive foster care services if the individual is:

  • Enrolled in secondary education;
  • Enrolled in postsecondary or vocational education;
  • Participating in a program or activity designed to promote or remove barriers to employment;
  • Employed for at least 80 hours per month; or
  • Incapable of completing the educational or employment requirements due to a medical condition or a disability.

To learn more about the LINKS program, please call 910-253-2234 and ask to speak to the LINKS Coordinator.

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Adjusted Operations Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Brunswick County now requires individuals to first visit our website for services and to contact county departments via phone or email to see if we can assist you virtually to support social distancing for our residents and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If an in-person visit to a county office is necessary, you will need to schedule an appointment first via the phone and/or email listed below.

Contact

60 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
BUILDING B

(910) 253-2077
DSS@BRUNSWICKCOUNTYNC.GOV
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please do not email reports of abuse or neglect.
If you need to make a CPS or APS report, please call 910-253-2077 during business hours.  After Hours call 911 and ask to speak to the on call social worker.

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