Welcome To Swain County

Social Services

Challenge For Children

The vision of a safe and permanent home within one year for every child for whom a county Department of Social Services has legal custody or placement responsibility is an essential element of our mission to ensure that every child in North Carolina has a safe, permanent, nurturing home. To realize this vision, we began issuing the "Challenge for Children" in 1997. It has been reissued annually since; and as a result, we have come closer to realizing our vision. In the Challenge for Children, we ask every county Department of Social Services in North Carolina to make foster care backlog reduction a top priority for its child welfare system. The backlog includes all children who remain in the custody or placement responsibility of a county Department of Social Services for more than 12 months.


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