The Department of Social Services is a part of the government of the County of San Luis Obispo in California. The department administers an independent living program that includes life skills training, advocacy and work force development services for youths between the ages of 16 and 21. It also offers counseling, case management and in-home protection solutions to senior citizens and dependent adults who are in danger of neglect, abuse, and exploitation. The Department of Social Services provides meal preparation, laundry, shopping and personal care options. The department additionally offers food and medical assistance services. It operates a child welfare services division that provides permanency planning and family reunification solutions.