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2017 Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect, and reaffirm our commitment as a community to promote the well-being of our most vulnerable citizens - children.

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Annual Statistical Report Released

New Interactive Annual Statistical Report Released

The Office of Research and Planning has launched a new interactive version of the Annual Statistical Report for 2016 with data on key program areas such as benefit programs, family services, child care, licensing, community and volunteer services, and more.

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VDSS accepting Neighborhood Assistance Program Applications

VDSS accepting Neighborhood Assistance Program Applications

In accordance to § 58.1-439.20, the Virginia Department of Social Services is accepting Neighborhood Assistance Program applications from all qualified organizations. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017. The application and instructions can be found on our website.

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New Call Center Provides Expanded Services to Citizens

New Call Center Provides Expanded Services to Citizens

The new Enterprise Customer Service Center is now available to receive applications over the phone for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medical Assistance Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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VA Volunteerism Conference

2 Days, 30+ Workshops! Don't Miss This Year's Volunteerism Conference!

The 2017 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 16-17 in Richmond, has announced its full lineup of speakers and workshops! Register today!

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VDSS Staff receives Community Leadership Award from FBI

VDSS Staff receives Community Leadership Award from FBI

Seyoum Berhe, a State Refugee Coordinator in the Office of Newcomer Services (ONS), was recognized by the Richmond Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the 2016 Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA) recipient.

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Child Welfare Stipend Program

The new and improved Child Welfare Stipend Program immerses students in the most current best practice methods such as trauma informed practice, family engagement, and cultural and diversity competence.

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VDSS Presents Real Stories of Adoption and Foster Care

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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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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MoneyGram at CVS and Walmart

CVS & Walmart now accept cash for child support

Need to pay child support? Spread the word: Most CVS & Walmart MoneyGram locations accept cash for a $3.99 fee. Click here to learn more.

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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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Every Child Needs Support

Every Child Needs Support

That includes "increasing trust and confidence" in the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) and its processes by parents to encourage them to "increase their voluntary compliance with child support orders." Click here to learn more about a new grant that DCSE was selected for.

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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

  • Apr
    4

    Virginia Department of Social Services Expands Services Through Call Center

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) announced today that a new Enterprise Customer Service Center is now available to Virginians Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide more streamlined and expanded services. Applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medical Assistance (MA) can now be accepted over the phone.

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  • Mar
    24

    Top Ten Ranking Hospitals Recognized for Exceptional Paternity Establishment Rates

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), in conjunction with the Virginia Paternity Establishment Program (VPEP), announced today the top ten Virginia hospitals recognized for outstanding performance in paternity establishment for 2016. Each of these hospitals accomplished paternity establishment rates greater than 80 percent.

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  • Sep
    14

    Virginia Selected to Participate in National Governors Association's Three Branch Institute

    Virginia was selected as one of eight competitively-selected states to participate in the National Governors Association's (NGA) Three Branch Institute, which focuses on improving child safety and preventing child fatalities. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), which is leading the effort, will be working closely

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