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Stay Cool This Summer

From June 15 through August 15, VDSS is helping provide eligible households with cooling equipment and electricity bill assistance to beat the heat this summer! Click here for detailed eligibility requirements, types of assistance and an application.

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Learn More About Zika

Learn More About Zika

As part of the Virginia Department of Health's ongoing mission to promote and protect the health of all Virginians, the VDH encourages Virginia residents to learn more about the Zika virus, including its symptoms; how to prevent it, who should get tested, and more, by visiting here.

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Foster Futures with Permanency

Foster Futures with Permanency

This July, help us recognize the importance for foster children to find permanency through reunification, placement with or custody transfer to a relative, or adoption.

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VDSS Presents Real Stories of Adoption and Foster Care

VDSS Shares Real Adoption & Foster Care Stories

"The Real Stories of Foster and Adoptive Families" is a compilation of compelling anecdotes of how real Virginia families were started, reunited and strengthened through foster care and adoption. If you or someone you know is willing to share an adoption or foster care story, please email public.affairs@dss.virginia.gov.

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Prevent Child Heatstroke

Need money to pay for college?

Don't miss out! Be sure to send in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Everyone is eligible to apply and it's free to fill out!

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Prevent Child Heatstroke

Summer Water Safety

Whether it's a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic safety tips this summer.

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Prevent Child Heatstroke

Prevent Child Heatstroke

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Even the best parents can forget a child in the back seat. Learn how you can help prevent it.

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Adoption Matters

Adoption Matters

You don't need to own your own home, be wealthy, have children already, or be a stay-at-home parent to adopt. There are over 800 children in Virginia waiting for a loving home - find out how you can become their forever family by calling 1-800-DO ADOPT.

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Write your own success story!

Write your own success story!

Are you required to register for work in order to receive SNAP Benefits? Would you like to receive training that may improve your employment skills and help you find a job? We may be able to help you reach your employment goals.

Click HERE for more information!

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Commissioner Schultze

Margaret Ross Schultze
Commissioner

WELCOME to the Virginia Department of Social Services
It is our pleasure to offer this website as a resource to connect our programs and services to the individuals and families we serve. It is our hope that we advance our mission of helping people shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities, through the delivery of essential services that help them triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect.

VDSS is one of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations, to promote the well-being of children and families statewide. I proudly serve alongside 1,650 (state) and 8,500 (local) human services professionals throughout the Social Services System, who ensure that thousands of Virginia's most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them.

Together, we work each day to serve, empower, and create opportunities for brighter futures.

VDSS News

  • Jun
    30

    Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted

    Now through August 15, the Virginia Department of Social Services is helping to provide qualifying households with cooling assistance.
    To qualify for cooling assistance, a household must have either a child under 6-years-old, an individual with a disability, or an adult age 60 or older living in the home. There is also an income requirement for cooling assistance; this year...

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  • May
    17

    Kiosks are "Paying Off" for Virginia's Children

    Today marks the 10th anniversary of 2-1-1 VIRGINIA, a free, 24-hour service, that has now become the For the first time, the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is now accepting credit and debit cards. "In partnership with TouchPay, as subsidiary of GTL, DCSE expands the payment options available to noncustodial parents...

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  • May
    17

    Top Ten Ranking Virginia Hospitals Recognized for Exceptional Paternity Establishment Rates

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), in conjunction with the Virginia Paternity Establishment Program (VPEP), recently announced the top ten Virginia hospitals recognized for outstanding performance in paternity establishment for 2015...

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