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Virginia's SNAP Program Adjusts Release of March Benefits

Virginia's SNAP Program Adjusts Release of March Benefits

For the month of March only, Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will suspend its usual staggered issuance and release benefits to all recipients on Friday, March 1, 2019. SNAP recipients experiencing issues related to benefit issuance should contact the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 1-855-635-4370 or their local department of social services. Learn more.

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RAPPAHANNOCK SOCIAL SERVICES HOSTS FOSTER FAMILY RECRUITMENT EVENT

Rappahannock Social Services Hosts Foster Family Recruitment Svent

Rappahannock Social Services recently joined with local Juvenile Court Judge the Honorable Melissa Cupp for a foster parent recruitment event. Judge Cupp and Jennifer Parker, director of Rappahannock Social Services, gave presentations to the nearly 100 community members and staff in attendance to encourage participation in upcoming local foster parent training. The Department has already experienced new couples enrolling.

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2019 Adoption Exchange Association Conference

2019 Adoption Exchange Association Conference

Register today for the 2019 Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) Conference, "Inspiring Leadership in Adoption," taking place April 29-30, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The conference will include general sessions, workshops, a national match event, facilitated round table discussions for leaders in adoption, and networking opportunities for professionals at all levels, including students and retirees.

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Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2019 VIRGINIA VOLUNTEERISM CONFERENCE

Register today for the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference taking place May 7-8, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. The event, presented by the Virginia Department of Social Services and Virginia Service Foundation, will offer workshops and interactive training sessions on capacity building, volunteer management, and personal/professional development.

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State Public Comments Form

NEW PUBLIC COMMENT FORM FOR STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES

The State Board of Social Services has created a new electronic State Board Comment Form to receive requests for public comment during its bi-monthly meetings. Members of the public can speak to any topic during the designated meeting time, and must adhere to time specifications established by the Board chair. Direct questions or requests for assistance to state.board@dss.virginia.gov.

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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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 Child Support Questions? AskDCSE!

Child Support Questions? AskDCSE!

Did you know you can email your child support questions to the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE)? Simply visit the DCSE website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the yellow "AskDCSE" link to submit your inquiry. DSCE will respond to inquiries within one business day.

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Governor Northam Signs Budget Bill Expanding Eligibility for Health Care

Governor Northam Signs Budget Bill Expanding Eligibility for Health Care

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed the SFY 2019/2020 Budget Bill, expanding health coverage eligibility to up to 400,000 new Virginia adults. New coverage will begin early January 2019.

Initial information has been posted at www.coverva.org and will continue to be updated regularly as new details become available.

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You may be eligible for a reduction in your TANF debt!

You may be eligible for a reduction in your TANF debt!

The Division of Child Support Enforcement's 2018 TANF Debt Compromise Program is now available to parents who owe TANF debt under a Virginia court or administrative order. The program is designed to encourage consistent child support payments by offering eligible parents a reduction in their TANF debt. For more information on how much you may be eligible to save, call 800-468-8894 or visit your local district office.

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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 News

  • Feb
    19

    Virginia's SNAP Program Adjusts Release of March Benefits

    For the month of March only, all Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients will receive benefits on Friday, March 1, 2019. SNAP will suspend its usual staggered issuance and release benefits to all recipients, including individuals who typically receive benefits between the 4th and 7th of each month, on this date. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients' SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

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  • Jan
    30

    Virginians Still Have Time to Apply for Crisis Heating Assistance This Winter

    Applications for Crisis Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services' (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are being accepted through Friday, March 15.

    Crisis Assistance is designed to help households overcome energy emergencies that cannot be met by other resources. Families and individuals can apply through CommonHelp by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 1-855-635-4370, or through their local departments of social services.

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  • Jan
    14

    USDA Plan Provides for the Early Release of February Benefits for SNAP Recipients

    Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will receive their February food benefits early due to the federal government shutdown. This change will affect all SNAP recipients in Virginia scheduled to receive benefits during the first week of February, regardless of case number or usual issuance date. The early issuance will occur on January 17, 2019.

    "Families having access to food and children going to school without being hungry is a basic and critical need that transcends politics," said Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Commissioner Duke Storen. "The SNAP program ensures food security for many of our nation's most vulnerable citizens and we are pleased to be able to provide benefits to our clients for the month of February."

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