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A Few Key Terms Regarding Social Services

In the United States, there are social and human services offered in most cities. These are essentially government-regulated services that are provided to the community. Many people turn to human services for family counseling, housing, medical care, or child education needs. As you may know, this type of community organization is non-profit and provides assistance to virtually anyone in need. There are some key terms that can assist you with better understanding social services in your area.

  • Non-Profit Organization – This is an organization that functions to assist people in need or in times of crisis. They do no profit from their services, and both state and federal human services are examples of non-profit organizations. These services often provide food, medical assistance, and shelter to those in need.
  • Department of Health Education and Welfare – A government department that was created to better assist people in need. This organization helps people all over the United States with education, health care, and financial assistance.
  • Child Protective Services – This is a government-regulated division that investigates reports of child abuse, as well as child neglect. Services are provided to children and families in their homes, and some kids are often placed in foster care or adoptive homes.
  • Child Support Enforcement Division – An agency that functions in each state to locate non-custodial parents. This agency keeps track of child support payment court orders, and assists with collecting and distributing these funds accordingly.
  • Family Counseling Services – These are services provided to the public to assist families with problems like abuse, depression, and drug use. Although some family counseling services are non-profit and available to the public free of charge, others do charge a fee for profit.
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    Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington, DC 20201
    The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services
    Department of Health and Human Service
    Washington, DC 20201
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
     
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    Washoe Tribe Tanf Program
    96 Washoe Blvd, Markleeville, CA 96120
    (530) 694-2555
    Central Sierra Child Support
    75 Diamond Valley Rd Unit A, Markleeville, CA 96120
    (530) 694-9200
    Washoe Tribe of Nevada and
    1570 Watasheamu Rd, Gardnerville, NV 89460
    (775) 265-2629
    Pregnancy Assistance Center of Tahoe
    7198 Po Box, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
    (530) 541-3171
    Austin's House
    3589 N Sunridge Dr, Carson City, NV 89705
    (775) 267-6711
    Fighters Against Child Abuse
    982 Starleaf Ct, Carson City, NV 89705
    (775) 267-3111
    Koinonia Foster Homes Inc
    1014 Blue Lake Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 541-1870
    Alta Calif Regional Center
    2489 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 542-0442
    Choices Transitional Services
    1950 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 541-0167
    South Lake Tahoe Women's Center
    2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 544-4444
    Widowed Persons Assn Chapter 17
    395 Wedeln Ct, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 542-4912
    Nevada Public Health Foundation
    3579 Us Highway 50 E Ste C, Carson City, NV 89701
    (775) 884-0396
    Chrysalis
    3032 Silver Sage Dr Ste 102, Carson City, NV 89701
    (775) 883-6060
    Foster Family Service
    2482 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 544-2111
    El Dorado County of
    1360 Johnson Blvd Ste 105, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 573-3155


    Non-profits that provide social and human services often offer mental health counseling for individuals and families, welfare assistance, adoption advice, and support for workers seeking compensation for on the job injuries. Many social and human services non-profits choose to focus on specific topics. An agency might, for instance, provide extensive family counseling that gives children and adults the opportunity to learn coping skills for negative emotions. Others provide rent assistance by helping unemployed people find work or loaning them money without interest. Most of the agencies that offer these types of services are non-profit organizations, but that does not mean that all of their social and human services are free. A social worker helping a family with several young children on welfare assistance will not usually charge for the assistance, but they might charge for mental health counseling. Since the organizations typically want everyone in the community to have access to their help, they usually charge on a sliding scale. This makes their social work agents more affordable for those without incomes or with low incomes. It is usually easy to find social and human service agencies that are located in your community. You can look in your phone book or search the internet for organizations that fit your needs. If you know that you need assistance with a specific issue, like mental health counseling or employee compensation, then you should include those words in your search to find organizations that have professionals who know a lot about the subjects that affect your life.
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