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National Adoption Month

VDSS Celebrates National Adoption Month

Every November, VDSS recognizes National Adoption Month. With nearly 900 children in Virginia's foster care system who are available for adoption and awaiting loving families, this month is a great opportunity to highlight available support and resources to waiting youth as well as current and prospective adoptive families. To learn more about VDSS' ongoing adoption awareness efforts, visit AdoptVa.com or follow the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or by using the hashtag #AdoptVAKids.

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Meet your forever match.

Register for Virginia's Biggest Match Event!

Family-Match, a technology application developed by Adoption-Share, Inc., is helping families get matched with children waiting to be adopted in the Commonwealth of Virginia! Family-Match is a data-driven technology created by Adoption-Share, and designed to help families become visible to child welfare workers in Virginia and matched with available children on markers of compatibility! Click here for more information.

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Foster My Future

New Website for Foster Youth

Foster youth in Virginia have a new, dedicated website to support their success, Foster My Future. The website features resources for foster youth of all ages, including educational, medical and independent living information. Foster youth are encouraged to visit fostermyfuture.com to learn more or sign up to be connected to the latest news, events and resources.

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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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Citizens Served

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child support collected

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Disbursed in Adoption Assistance Payments

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

  • Nov
    2

    Application Period for Fuel Assistance Closing Soon

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance at all local departments of social services and online through Monday, November 13.

    To qualify for fuel assistance, the maximum gross monthly income for a one-person household must not exceed $1,307. For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income is $2,665.

    The Energy Assistance Program, funded by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) federal block grant, provides support to states to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy needs such as electricity, natural and liquid propane gas, oil, kerosene, coal and wood. Assistance may also be available for delivery and installation charges as well as connection or reconnection fees.

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  • Sept
    6

    Virginia Department of Social Services Launches Comprehensive Campaign to Promote Safer Sleep for Infants

    As part of its ongoing effort to reduce sleep-related infant fatalities throughout the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has kicked off a statewide safe sleep campaign and call-to-action pledge, Safe Sleep 365. The campaign, which coincides with National Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in September and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, is designed to educate parents, families and caregivers regarding the steps they can take to prevent sleep-related death in infants. The public awareness campaign builds on the core principles of "Alone, Apart and Always" to emphasize simple practices all Virginians can follow to provide a safe and healthy environment for infants each time they sleep.

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  • Aug
    29

    SNAP Recipients Will Receive Benefits on New Issuance Schedule Beginning September 1

    Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will implement a new issuance schedule beginning September 1, 2017, that may result in changes to the day some clients receive SNAP benefits moving forward. The new schedule is below.

    In early August, the Virginia Department of Social Services began communicating the change to all SNAP clients by mail, social media and through local departments of social services.

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