Department for Community Based Services – Division of Family Support
The Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) provides family support, child care assistance and child and adult protection; determines Medicaid and Food Stamp eligibility; provides low income households with a means of meeting their home energy needs; provides weatherization services to help lower energy bills; and assists in securing child support for families. The department runs the state foster care and adoption system and recruits and trains parents to care for the state’s children who are waiting for permanent homes.
Having offices in every county, the goals of DCBS are to provide services to enhance the self-sufficiency of families; improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults; and, engage families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process.
The Division of Family Support is responsible for administering several programs including Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards/Food Stamps, Kentucky Temporary Assistance (KTAP) and Medicaid programs.