Department of Social Services
6 Judson Street
Canton, New York 13617

Phone: (315) 379-2111
Fax: (315) 379-2278

Chris Rediehs, Commissioner


St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services

 Brief Description of Services:

The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services provides temporary assistance to eligible individuals and families to help them with their basic needs until they can become self-sufficient. Toward that end, we have employment programs and other supportive services such as day care so that people can find and maintain employment. We also administer programs which can assist people with their medical expenses and nutritional needs.

In addition, Children's Services helps families deal with problems so they can stay together and, when necessary, provides foster care. Child Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse and neglect. Child Support assists in collecting financial support from legally responsible relatives.

Useful Web Pages

Visit NY Connects: Choices for Long Term CareFree information and assistance service that is available to individuals of all ages and their families to help them make better decisions regarding their long term care needs. NY Connects will serve the elderly, adults and children with disabilities, regardless of their payer source. NY Connects is a trusted resource that provides impartial and unbiased information about Long Term Care choices in St. Lawrence County. Click on link (above) for the Resource Directory or on picture (below).

NY Connects:  Choices for Long Term Care

Visit NYS MyBenefitsThe fast and easy way to find out about many health and human service programs and how to apply for them anytime and anywhere.  Click on link (above) for the Website or on picture (below).


To report possible fraud, please call (315) 379-2145 or go to  to complete the Report Welfare Fraud Online Form.  Callers may remain anonymous.


 Public Notice

Pursuant to Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations §407.10, the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing on March 12, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room B-02 of the Social Services building, located at 6 Judson Street, Canton.
The Department is preparing to complete the Child and Family Services Plan for St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and Youth Bureau for the period of April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2023. Child protective services, adult services, and family and children’s services components of the plan will be considered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Representatives from the Department of Social Services will discuss services available in St. Lawrence County and how they can be accessed. The public hearing also allows the public to raise issues and offer ways to improve delivery and provision of services in St. Lawrence County.
Anyone who is unable to attend the public hearing may submit comments to Heather Wenzel, Deputy Commissioner, St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services, 6 Judson Street, Canton, New York, 13617, or by phone at (315) 379-2706.

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