Division of Family and Children


For those of you who would like to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (formerly known as AFDC or welfare), the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or other types of assistance, you must apply at the OFC office in the county in which you live.

To apply for assistance, please visit our location. Once an application is filed with our office, you will be assigned a caseworker and an appointment will be set up for you. Your caseworker will discuss your needs and assess if you are eligible for services. This initial interview with your caseworker will take from 1-1 1/2 hours. Your eligibility is determined within the following timeframes:

  • Food Stamps - 30 days
  • TANF/Medicaid - 45 days
  • Disability Medicaid - 90 days

Check Resources link for a directory of local DFC offices.

Contact Us By Mail
661 Broadway Ave.
Gary, IN 46402-2407

Contact Us By Phone or Fax
Phone: 219-881-2000
Fax: 219-881-2013
Bruce Hillman
Title: Director
Phone: 219-881-2000
Fax: 219-881-2013