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County of Madera


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Madera County 311

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The Madera County 311 call center is now open to service you.  You can dial 311 anywhere within Madera County…

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Live and Archived Board Meetings

Board Meetings

Access live and archived Board of Supervisors meetings as well as past and present meeting agendas and minutes.



On January 17, 2014, the Governor of California proclaimed a state of emergency due to the current drought conditions. On…

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Welcome to the Department of Social Services

700buildingThe Department of Social Services is one of the largest Departments in the County. We are committed to the County's Mission statement: "To serve the public interest in a fiscally responsible manner by providing efficient, cost effective customer service, promoting public health and safety while creating new possibilities with partnerships through a diversified economy."

As you review the information on this site describing our programs, hopefully you will come away with an understanding of the breadth of services available, the points of contact for requesting information, and the method for applying for or receiving services for you or your family.

The Department of Social Services is committed to providing you, our community with quality services in a timely fashion.

As you review our material or access our services, your feedback on improving services is always welcome. Thank you.

Kelly Woodard
Director Social Services
Madera County

Health Care Reform

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Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, go into effect


Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC's World News with Charlie Gibson, and a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.


Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.


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California offers its own Earned Income Tax Credit

Starting with the 2015 tax year, California will offer its own Earned Income Tax Credit.  For more information, select the link below.






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DSS Office Locations

Department Of Social Services - Admin
700 E Yosemite Ave.
Madera, CA 93638

Social Services Public Assistance
720 E. Yosemite Ave
Madera, CA 93638

Social Services - Adult Services
605 S Gateway
Madera, CA 93637

Social Services - Child Welfare Services
629 E. Yosemite Ave
Madera, CA 93638

Social Services - Chowchilla Office
125 S. 2nd Street
Chowchilla, CA (559)665-0205

Social Services - Oakhurst Office
40325 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Staff Spotlight - DSS

Barbara Cantu - DSS

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How long have you worked for the County? 28 Years

What do you like most about your job? Co-workers and being able to help the families in need of our services.

Why did you decide to work for the County? I was looking for a Full-Time job.

What is your most memorable accomplishment during your County career? Raising my four beautiful children.

When I'm not at work you can find me... Spending time with my new and first granddaughter.

What was your first job? Worked through the work experience program for MUSD food service office.

What is your favorite food? Mexican

What is your favorite kind of music? Like all types

What is your favorite sports team? Oakland Raiders Football and San Francisco Giants

If you were to travel anywhere in the world for a dream vacation, where would it be? Now days, I'm not sure, but Rome still interests me.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully, closer to retirement and spending more time with my grandbaby.

28 Years

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311