News & Announcements
May is National Foster Care Month. This year's theme is "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care" and highlights the diversity of the children, youth, families, and professionals involved in child welfare.
Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected, and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. Children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, and from all walks of life, enter the foster care system, through no fault of their own. Often their families face issues such as illness, alcohol or drug addiction, or homelessness. Many children have been victims of physical or sexual abuse. All children who are in foster care require special care, support and nurturing.
Foster parents provide temporary, loving homes for children, ensuring that each child’s physical, medical and emotional needs are met. Families are needed that can parent any child, but especially teenagers, sibling groups and medically fragile children. In Randolph County, the Department of Social Services currently has 128 children in foster care and 29 licensed foster family homes. That means many Randolph County foster children are placed outside the county. Therefore, National Foster Care Month is a time when DSS puts extra emphasis on recruiting new foster families and appreciating the ones already serving. On June 20, 2015, in coordination with Copperhead Baseball, DSS will recognize foster families in attendance at the game.
Foster families are recruited, trained, and licensed to care for abused and neglected children temporarily, while their parents work with social work professionals to resolve their family issues. Foster parents must: be at least 21 years old; have a stable home and income; be willing to be finger printed and have a criminal records check; maintain a drug free environment; complete all required training; and be licensed by the state of North Carolina.
For more information about National Foster Care Month, please visit
https://www.childwelfare.gov/ or in
NC http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/fostercare/index.htm . If you would like to serve as a foster parent, contact
the Randolph County Department of Social Services at (336) 683-8062.
New vaccine requirements and changes will become effective July 1, 2015. The rule changes affect those children ages 15 months, 4 years, 12 years and/or 17 years.
Visit www.immunize.nc.gov for complete information.
Tick and Mosquito Information
Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to get prepared for the occurrence of tick and mosquito transmitted diseases. Click on the links below for information on prevention, treatment and signs/symptoms of such diseases as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile Virus or Eastern equine encephalitis.
- Tick-borne Diseases: www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/
- Mosquito-borne Diseases:
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Randolph County Department of Social Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Randolph County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Children all over North Carolina are the victims of abuse and neglect every day. In fiscal year 2014, Randolph County DSS investigated 1,139 reports of child abuse, neglect, and dependency. Investigations revealed that 453 children were victims of maltreatment…or more than one for every day of the year.
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, and social and emotional developmental well-being. Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.
There are many forms of child abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. When prevention fails, reporting maltreatment becomes the next step. While DSS is the local agency charged by the state of NC to investigate reports of neglect or abuse; keeping our children safe is a shared responsibility. In North Carolina, all citizens are mandated, by law, to report suspected child abuse or neglect to their local DSS. In Randolph County, contact the Randolph County Child Abuse Hotline at (336) 683-8200.
For more information about child abuse prevention see: www.childwelfare.gov/ and for NC see the NC Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Social Services web site at: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/index.htm .
Help beautify your community by volunteering locally to participate in the Governor proclaimed LITTER SWEEP to remove litter from North Carolina's roadways.
Litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter cleanup drive sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and is administered by its Office of Beautification. Litter Sweep is usually scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September. For 2015, the Litter Sweep dates are April 18 to May 2 and Sept. 19 to Oct. 3
Please visit http://www.ncdot.gov/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/Beautification/LitterSweep/ for details on how to volunteer.
Flag Alert: Lowering of US and NC flags March 13 - March 15 in honor of eleven servicemen involved in a deadly helicopter crash in Florida .
March 13, 2015
Governor Pat McCrory ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise on Friday, March 13 until sunset on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Flags are to be lowered in honor of the eleven servicemen involved in a deadly helicopter crash, seven of which were US Marines based at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune.
“This tragedy is a somber reminder of the daily risks and dangers the men and women of our military assume in the defense of our freedom,” Governor McCrory said. “Ann and I will be praying for the families of the fallen and the men and women of Camp Lejeune and the Louisiana National Guard.”
For flag information, please contact DOA Public Information Officer Chris Mears at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-807-2340. Please click on the following highlighted links to either join the North Carolina Flag Alert list serve, or view the North Carolina State Government Flag Guide.
Randolph County 2015-2016 Budget Schedule
Historic Courthouse Meeting Room
145-C Worth St.
|Tuesday, May 26||6:00 - 6:40 p.m.
6:40 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:20 p.m.
7:20 - 7:40 p.m.
7:40 - 8:00 p.m.
| Proposed Budget Presented to Commissioners
Asheboro City Schools
Randolph County Schools
Randolph Community College
Sandhills Mental Health
|Monday, June 1||6:00 p.m.||Regular June Commissioners
|Note: No Budget presentations will be scheduled at this meeting|
|Thursday, June 4||6:00 - 8:00 p.m.||All County Departments|
|Monday, June 8||6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
|Community Agencies Requesting Funding
Fire Department Presentations
Public Hearing on County Budget
|Monday, June 15||6:00 p.m.||Approve Close-out Budget Amendments for FY 14-15
Adopt School and Fire District Tax Rates
Adopt Fee Schedules
Adoption of Final Budget
|NOTE: At least 10 days must pass between budget submission and budget ordinance adoption (G.S. 159-13(a))|
The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has studied the risk factors and needs of Juvenile Court involved youth in this county and hereby publishes this Request for Proposals. The JCPC anticipates funds from the NC Dept. of Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Justice in the amount of $319,622 to fund the needed programs. Such programs will serve delinquent and at-risk youth for the state fiscal year 2015-2016 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2015.
In order to apply for FY 2015-2016 JCPC funding, you must complete and submit your application online by accessing NC ALLIES. Please read and follow all instructions at the following link: http://www.ncdps.gov/index2.cfm?a=000003,002476,002483,002482,002514.
After submitting the application electronically, print and submit hard copies to:
725 McDowell Road
Asheboro, NC 27205
The application deadline is April 6, 2014 at 1:00PM.
Private non-profits are also required to submit No Over Due Tax forms, Conflict of Interest Statements, and proof of 501(c)(3) status.
NOTE: For further information or technical assistance about applying for JCPC funds in this county, contact Rich Smith, Area Consultant, NC Dept. of Public Safety at email@example.com
Your Local Health Department
The NC Association of Local Health Directors has created a video to explain how your local Health Department works to take care of you and your environment.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL JOINT MEETING AND POSSIBLE QUORUM
RANDOLPH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
ASHEBORO CITY COUNCIL
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Notice is hereby given that a quorum of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners may be present for an invitation to tour Kayser-Roth.
The Randolph County Board of Commissioners and the Asheboro City Council have set Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., for a joint special meeting in order to tour the Kayser Roth facility, located at 515 West Balfour Avenue, Asheboro, NC. No formal action will be taken on any matter during this tour.
This the 24th day of February, 2015
Amanda Varner, Clerk to the Board
Randolph County Board of Commissioners
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING PLANNING RETREAT
Thursday, March 5, 2015
RCC Foundation Conference Center
629 Industrial Park Ave.
The Randolph County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for 12:45 p.m. on March 5, 2015, at the Randolph Community College Foundation Conference Center; 629 Industrial Park Ave.; Asheboro, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to hold a Planning Retreat. No formal action is anticipated at this meeting. A formal agenda, once it is finalized, will be posted and distributed prior to the meeting.
Randolph County Animal Shelter
Public Safety Announcement
The Randolph County Animal Shelter is closed today, February 18, 2015 due to treacherous weather conditions at the site.
In emergency situations please call 336-683-8235. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
2015 Rabies Clinic
The Quarterly Rabies Clinics scheduled for 2015 are:
- March 31
- June 30
- September 29
- December 8
Department of Social Services Press Release Fact Sheet
“Food Stamps Help Over 25,000 Individuals in Randolph County”
“Food Stamps;” is an antiquated term replaced with Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in North Carolina and in the United States with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Randolph County, the FNS program assists 11,800 low income households, over 25,000 individuals, with buying the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. This equates to over $3 million a month and close to $40 million a year for Randolph County citizens.
FNS is a federal entitlement program so all eligible individuals and households can receive assistance. This is where the local county Department of Social Services (DSS) steps in. DSS is the local government agency that accepts applications, collects information, and determines eligibility for the FNS program. Other agencies help with nutrition education. Funded by the USDA through NC/DHHS, UNCG’s Nutrition for New North Carolinians (Recipe for Success) project will send nutrition educational materials to FNS recipients. The Cooperative Extension has the Steps to Health program and works with the whole family, informing, empowering, and motivating adults and children alike to improve their eating and physical activity habits. Steps to Health is a SNAP-Ed program developed and administered by North Carolina State University and is also federally funded through the USDA.
If eligible, monthly allotments of FNS benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards). The amount of the monthly allotment varies from household to household and is based on income and number of household members served. Benefits may be used to purchase most foods at participating stores. Benefits may not be used to purchase tobacco, pet food, paper products, or alcoholic beverages.
DSS Income Maintenance Caseworkers vigorously work to collect accurate and truthful information from applicants when determining eligibility for benefits. However, with over $3 million a month in benefits, there is a risk of fraudulent activity. Randolph County DSS has a Program Integrity Unit that works diligently to ensure fraud, waste, and abuse of FNS benefits are identified and prevented. DSS is currently investigating a local FNS trafficking case and will report the summary of this investigation later.
U. S. Citizens or immigrants admitted to the United States under a specific immigration status can apply for FNS benefits through various methods. NC residents can apply online at https://epass.nc.gov . An application can also be mailed to, or dropped off at, your local county DSS. In Randolph County there are two locations: 1512 N. Fayetteville St. Asheboro, NC or 402 Balfour Dr. Archdale, NC. The mailing address is: P.O. Box 3239 Asheboro, NC 27204.
Important information regarding Randolph County's Legacy GIS system
- The legacy GIS system has been in it's current format for more than a decade and has reached its End-Of-Life.
- Industry standard features currently available to GIS users are incompatible with our legacy GIS. Some examples...
- Interactive zoom/pan utilizing the mouse or other input device.
- Capability to measure area and distance from the map.
- Interaction with Google Maps and Street View functions.
- Customized printing (printing to scale, current map view, etc.).
- Robust search capabilities (radius, adjacent property, etc.).
- Community information generated from a parcel or map point.
Randolph County has completed a re-write of our online GIS system that implements these features and more. The NEW GIS system is available at the following URL: http://gis.randolphcountync.gov/randolphjs/.
The user guide for the new GIS may be found at http://gis.randolphcountync.gov/default/GISWebsiteUserGuide.pdf.
The legacy GIS will be phased out on March 2nd.