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Union County, North Carolina

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Clerk of Courts

Clerk of Superior Court

J.R. Rowell
Phone: 704-698-3100
Fax: 704-698-3101


Phone: 704-292-2746

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What clinical services do we provide?

  • Children’s Health
  • Women’s Health
  • General Health
  • WIC
  • Medical Records

What community services do we provide?

  • ABC (About Breast Cancer)
  • Breast Feeding Peer Counselor
  • Care Coordination for Children
  • Child Care Health Consultant Program
  • Community Health Education
  • Parenting with a Purpose
  • Pregnancy Care Management
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Vital Records

What are Union County’s privacy practices?

All patient services are confidential as required by North Carolina and federal law.

Communicable Disease Control Program

Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.

Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.

The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:

  • Influenza
  • Norovirus infection
  • Certain healthcare-associated infections.

For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.

The program responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring disease outbreaks
  • Monitoring reportable disease rates
  • Providing education to the public and medical community to prevent the spread of disease
  • Implementation of and enforcement of control measures to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Control and prevention of rabies and other diseases of animal origin that can affect humans.

Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:

STD Health Services

STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Other sexually transmitted infections

NC DHHS STD/ HIV Information for Individuals and Families


Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:

  • Gardasil
  • Hepatitis A (Adult) – 2 shot series
  • Hepatitis A (Pediatric)
  • Hepatitis B – 3 shot series
  • Meningococcal Vaccine
  • MMR
  • Twinrix – 3 shot series
  • Pentacel
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Varicella
  • Tdap
  • Yellow Fever

In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:

Spanish Immunization Schedule (adults)

International Travel Immunizations

With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.

Union County Lost and Found Pets

Online Search Instructions

Performance Guarantee Review Application

Adoption and Foster Care

Adoption and Foster Care

The Union County Adoption and Foster Care Agency is always looking for stable and caring families who will welcome children in need of temporary or permanent homes.

Adoption Services

To adopt, a family must be able to support their adopted child through the difficult transition between families and beyond. Therefore, a prospective family is required to go through an assessment period facilitated by the court. As part of this assessment, the family pays a fee based on the family’s income. Upon completion, a family can adopt a child that has been cleared for adoption.

Foster Care Services

To provide foster care, one must be willing and able to provide a temporary home to a child when the child is unable to remain in his or her own home due to the parents’ inability to provide care for the child.

Foster care services are designed to:

  • Strengthen, preserve and/or reunite families after the child is placed into agency custody
  • Ensure a stable, safe and nurturing temporary living environment
  • Achieve a safe and permanent home for all children in agency custody

Steps to Becoming a Foster Home

In order to qualify to become a foster parent, a family must do the following:

  • Submit an application for foster care.
  • Complete 30 hours of free training which will equip foster parents to handle the emotional needs of children in care, to administer appropriate discipline and to understand the types of children who are placed in foster care.
  • Have a physical exam completed on every member of the family who lives in the home. The agency can provide financial assistance for exam costs.
  • Have a TB skin test on all adult household members. Children in the household only need a TB skin test if an adult household member’s test is positive.
  • Have an inspection done by the fire marshal.
  • Have an environmental conditions checklist completed by the social worker.
  • Have a home assessment done by the social worker to be submitted for a license.
  • Be fingerprinted and allow for a criminal background check.
  • Install a land line phone.
  • Vaccinate pets against rabies, if applicable.
  • Fence in bodies of water such as ponds, pools, etc.
  • Agree to meet ongoing training requirements, including but not limited to CPR, First Aide, Universal Precautions and Shared Parenting.
  • Sign confidential and discipline agreements.

To request an application to become a foster/adoptive parent call 704-296-4300. You may also complete an online inquiry.

Adoption/Foster Care Inquiry Form

Contact information

Alisa Etters
Program Manager
Phone: 704-296-4300

About Adoption and Foster Care

Union County Division of Social Services (DSS) supports safe and stable families in several ways. Through Foster Care Services DSS places and monitors children in foster homes to give them temporary places to stay where they can be safe with the goal of reuniting with their family. DSS also recruits, assesses, and licenses foster families. Through Adoption Services DSS assesses, selects, and facilitates the legal adoption of children in foster care who cannot reunite with their families. DSS also completes independent, step-parent, and relative adoptions for a nominal fee.

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.