The Story Behind the Department of Human Resources

The Department of Human Resources was created in 1935 to administer the assistance programs that were part of the Social Security Act. These programs were developed to help an American public that was suffering through the financial hardships of the Great Depression. The agency's original name was the Department of Public Welfare. In 1955, it was renamed the Department of Pensions and Security. The current name was adopted in 1986. Some programs have changed over the years to meet the changing needs of Alabama. However, the agency's primary goal has always been and always will be to help people in need.

The agency currently has about 4,000 State Merit System employees, most of whom work in the agency's 67 county departments. Although the agency employs a wide variety of professionals, social workers represent the largest category of DHR employees.

Our Mission

To provide for the protection, well-being, and self-sufficiency of children and adults.
(Ala. Code Title 38, 26, 42 and various federal statutes).

Child Welfare Division Mission Statement
The Alabama Department of Human Resources will help families receive the least disruptive services they need, when they need them, and for only as long as they need them in order to maintain children in or return them to a safe, stable home.

Our Vision

Helping change lives for the better by providing the premier social welfare programs in the southeastern United States.

Our Values

  • Integrity - We are dedicated to act in a manner that merits the trust of our clients, stakeholders, and fellow employees.
  • Respect - We believe every individual has worth and potential and is deserving of being treated with dignity.
  • Commitment - We are dedicated to providing the highest quality services and support to our clients.
  • Accountability - We are responsible for the policies, standards, and decisions that frame our service to our clients.