Domestic Relations Section
Vision & Mission 
Our vision is that all children and families have the medical and financial support needed to ensure their well being and to help provide stability in their lives.
Our mission is to provide timely and professional support services by working with parents, partner agencies, and the community to enhance family self-sufficiency, promote responsible parenting, and ensure that the best interests of the children are met.



In order to continue to meet the ever changing laws, regulations and requirements in the world of child support, the Adams County Domestic Relations Section has developed a plan to restructure our office. To implement these changes and learn the newly assigned job responsibilities, the entire DRS team will be undergoing intensive training over the next several months.
To allow time for this training it is necessary that we drastically curtail the hours in which we will be able to accept phone calls. Effective July 7, 2014 the office will only accept calls on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM. The office will remain open Monday- Friday from 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM and we will do our best to see any clients that appear in the office. You may contact your DR worker through the US mail or via email (a list of e-mail addresses is available on this website under Staff Listing).
The PA child support website ( is a valuable tool to check regarding payment and scheduling information on your case. It also provides general information regarding the child support program.
Be advised that during this period of transition we will continue to process payments, take enforcement action, and enter new and modified orders as necessary.
We appreciate your understanding while we take this step to better serve your child support needs in the future.



  • Effective immediately per Federal regulations the Domestic Relations Section is no longer permitted to divulge the source of any payment applied to your support account. Per Federal and State requirements some payments credited to the account may not be disbursed or released for up to 6 months.
  • Effective January 1, 2013, all of the Petition Fees have increased to $27.50.  

Department News

The Domestic Relations Section would like to recognize Deputy Director of Domestic Relations and Innovation William Gold who is retiring on April 4, 2014. Bill has worked in the child support arena since 1980 and has been with Adams County for 16 years. His dedication and knowledge has been a valuable asset to our office, particularly during times of change, and we will be sad to see him leave. 
Best Wishes for all of your future endeavors Bill!
The Domestic Relations Family


Kelly Carothers

Contact Information:
County of Adams ​
Domestic Relations ​
123 Baltimore Street​
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-9804 ​
717-334-3440 ​
8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.​
Monday - Friday​