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.

Employment Assistance

Press Release:  TA-SNAP Employment Plan 2015-16

TA-SNAP Employment Plan 2015-16

Press Release - July 27, 2016
Chris Rediehs - Commissioner

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 August 9 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Room B-04 of the Social Services building, located at 6 Judson Street, Canton.

The Department is preparing to amend the County’s 2016 Child and Family Services Annual Plan Update and is seeking input regarding decreasing the family share percentage from 25 percent to 15 percent to help more families with daycare costs using State funding from the NYS Child Care Block Grant. Residents of St. Lawrence County are invited to participate in this process by contributing ideas concerning a change in Appendix M “Family Share” of the plan. The categories of families that would be affected include those with incomes between 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. A copy of the Child Care section of the 2016 Child and Family Services Annual Plan Update with the proposed amendment is available through the PDF links below. The public comment period runs through September 1, 2016.

Anyone who is unable to attend the public hearing may submit comments to Nancy Russell, Fiscal Manager, St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services, 6 Judson Street, Canton, New York, 13617, or by phone at 379-2134.

Child & Family Services Current Plan 2016

Child & Family Services Proposed Plan 2016

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.

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