Department of Social Services

Welcome!

We're here to help.

The Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services provides protective and supportive services aimed at keeping individuals and families in our community safe, supported and self-sufficient.

What can we help you with?

What would you like to do?

Did you know?

  • This year, kids and teens (under 18) can get free lunches all summer long. Text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877 to find a location near you, or see these bilingual flyers for the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc areas. 
  • Starting May 2016, children under 19 are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status, as long as the household meets the income standards. See our Medi-Cal page to learn more.
  • A distraction or change in routine is all it takes for a parent to accidentally lock a child in a hot car, with deadly consequences. These tips tips explain how to avoid this danger, and what to do if you see a child alone in a car.
  • Can't get to our office? We hold office hours (outstations) at many other locations on a regular schedule. Find out when we'll be in your neighborhood on our Contact Us page.
  • Need help but not sure where to turn? Dial 211 or visit www.211sbco.org for help finding services: health care, child care, domestic abuse support, counseling and more.
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