Department of Family and Children Services

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Columbia County Department of Family and Children Services


Brandi Threat, Director

6358 Columbia Road
P.O. Box 340
Appling, Georgia 30802-0340


For inquiries on Food Stamps, Medicaid, Childcare and TANF, please call 1-877-423-4746.


To report Child Abuse/Neglect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call 1-855-422-4453.




DHS Mission: Strengthen Georgia by providing individuals and family’s access to services that promote self-sufficiency, independence, and protect Georgia's vulnerable children and adults.

Core Values: Provide access to resources that offer support and empower Georgians and their families. Deliver services professionally and treat all clients with dignity and respect. Manage business operations effectively and efficiently by aligning resources across the agency. Promote accountability, transparency and quality in all services we deliver and programs we administer. Develop our employees at all levels of the agency.



For all Georgians to live safe, healthy and self-reliant lives. The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is the part of DHR that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.

The Department of Family & Children Services provides the following services to the citizens of Columbia County:

Adoption Services
The Adoption unit is now a part of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

Adult Protective Services
Investigates reports of abuse, exploitation, or neglect of elderly or disabled adults who cannot care for themselves.

Child Abuse & Neglect
Child Protection Services investigates reports of child abuse or neglect and provides services to protect the child and strengthen the family.

Emergency Food Assistance
A federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income persons in Georgia.

Energy Assistance
Energy assistance for low-income families.

Food Stamps
Food stamps supplement the food budget for eligible families.

Foster Care
Foster care is provided for children whose families cannot care for them and they are now in the legal custody of the state.

Provides Medicaid coverage for eligible children under the age of 19, pregnant women and women who have breast or cervical cancer including precancerous conditions of the breast and cervix. In addition, coverage is provided for the aged, blind or disabled (ABD) who are eligible.

Refugee Resettlement
A federally funded program that provides assistance to refugees.

Secret Santa Program
The Foster Care Secret Santa program distributes gifts to Foster Care children during the Christmas Holiday season.

Subsidized Child Care
Helps Georgia families pay for early childhood and school age care programs.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or welfare, is cash assistance for eligible children and possibly their eligible caretakers.

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