Grayson County Department of Social Services

Kristin Shumate, Director

129 Davis St., First Floor
PO Box 434
Independence, VA 24348
(276) 773-2452
(276) 236-9541
Fax: (276) 773-2361
Hours: Monday –Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
The Department of Social Services is located on the lower level of the Grayson County Courthouse.
The Grayson County Department of Social Services provides for the administration of services and benefits to the citizens of Grayson County as provided for by state and federal law.
Some services and benefits offered by the department include:
  • Auxiliary Grants: Provides for assistance payments for elderly and disabled individuals in Assisted Living Facilities.
  • Adoption Services: Counseling, placement, and referral services for persons wishing to place or receive a child for adoption.
  • Adult Protective Services: Investigation of complaints of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults over the age of 60 or vulnerable adults over the age of 18.
  • Adults Services: Provision of companion, referral, and case management services to the elderly who are in need of in home services.
  • Child Care Services: Provision of child care payment assistance to eligible individuals so they can work or train for employment.
  • Child Protective Services: Investigation of complaints of abuse and neglect and the provision of services to at risk children.
  • Energy Assistance: Assists with heating and cooling costs for eligible individuals.
  • Foster Care: Temporary care for children who cannot remain in their own homes due to issues of abuse or neglect.
  • Intake and Prevention Services: Service Referrals and services for family preservation and child welfare.
  • Medicaid: Eligibility determination for medical assistance under the federal Medicaid program.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Formerly known as food stamps, provides for food assistance.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families: Cash payments for eligible families with children. The goal of this program is self-sufficiency through training and employment.

Click here for Resource Guide

 Individuals can apply online for benefits at the link below:
For Additional Information Regarding Health Insurance Coverage visit:
For the Virginia Department of Social Services Website visit:
Meetings of the Board of Social Services are scheduled to be held the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 am, in the agency conference room. As the day and time is subject to change, the agency may be called at any time for updated schedules.