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Department of Social Services

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Currituck County. A team of social workers, income maintenance caseworkers, management personnel, and a support staff of 37 employees work to provide economic and Social Work services to the citizens of Currituck County.

The Department of Social Services operates under a five-member board appointed to three-year terms. Two Board members are State appointed, two members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners, and one member is appointed by the DSS Board. The present board consists of: Chairman, Connie Harrelson; Vice-Chairman, Walter Gallop; Nad Miyasato; and Josephine Lewis.

News:  2013 Operation Santa Assists More Than 500 Children in Currituck County

During the 2013 Operation Santa Claus, a total of 566 children from 263 families in Currituck County received assistance with Christmas gifts. This assistance came from 39 sponsors. In addition, 28 foster children were provided gifts through a $5,000 donation from Towne Bank.

Dennis Anderson Motor Sports partnered with Dollar General in Grandy, Family Dollar in Grandy and the Dollar Tree in Southern Shores through Operation Homefront to collect toys, and Beach Bums provided bikes. This group effort provided new toys for more than 125 children. They also shopped for toys with additional donations to provide items for age groups where there were insufficient donations. Dawn Smith, of Dennis Anderson Motor Sports, coordinated this extensive effort.

In addition to toys, Operation Santa provided 25 food baskets for elderly citizens in Currituck County. This was made possible through food and gift card donations provided from Corolla Chapel and Corolla Cooperative Extension Club.

Many new donors joined Operation Santa in 2013, including one anonymous donor who gave $500. The Department of Social Services thanks everyone who contributed to Operation Santa so others could enjoy the Christmas holiday.

What This Department Does

  • Provides public assistance programs to approximately 10% of the County’s general population
  • Coordinates agency services aimed at assisting families in achieving self-sufficiency
  • Protects children from neglect and abuse and investigates complaints
  • Coordinates foster care, health support, and adoption services for children in need
  • Licenses foster care homes
  • Assists senior and disabled adults in their efforts to lead independent and productive lives
  • Administers the County's Food Stamp, Medicaid, Energy, and Work First Family Assistance program
  • Protects elderly and disabled adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and investigation of these referrals
  • Child care services


The Currituck 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.


Contact Information

Kathlyn S. Romm, Director
153 Courthouse Road, Suite 400
Currituck, NC 27929
Phone: 252-232-3083
Fax: 252-232-2167
Email: Send Kathy Romm an email.

The Department of Social Services is located at the Governmental Center, 2793 Caratoke Hwy., Currituck, NC.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.