Welcome To Swain County

Social Services


Some foster children will never go back to their birth family. We are committed to the value that every one of these children deserves a "forever family". We have the firm belief that a safe, permanent, and nurturing home can be found for any child who needs one. We also firmly believe that we are responsible for enabling this. Adoption Services are designed to find permanent homes for children and to provide support to the families who adopt them.

We are in need of adoptive families to provide the love, care, and stability that provide the foundation in any child's life. The majority of children awaiting adoption are school age, and many are brothers and sisters who need to stay together. You can become an adoptive parent if you are 21 or older and have stable income. You can be single, married, or divorced. You may be any ethnic origin and there is no minimum education requirement.

For information about adopting a child, please visit:

Foster Child Adoption in North Carolina

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption


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