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DCSE Eastern Region Merges Two District Offices

Fauquier County Family Services Unit Hosts Champions for Children 5K Event

The Fauquier County Department of Social Services will host a Champions for Children 5K fundraiser on April 14, 2018. The goal of the event is to raise money for youth in foster care, increase awareness about abuse and neglect within Fauquier County, and provide information about becoming foster or adoptive parents. Register today!

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DCSE Eastern Region Merges Two District Offices

DCSE Eastern Region Merges Two District Offices

The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) has consolidated two district offices to better serve customers. Effective January 31, 2018, the Hampton District Office is part of the Newport News District Office, and the Chesapeake District Office is part of the Eastern Virginia District Office. As always, the MyChildSupport portal, DCSE Customer Service Center (1-800-468-8894) and VDSS website remain additional options for customers seeking information or assistance.

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Earned Income Tax Credit

Earned Income Tax Credit and Free Tax Preparation for Qualifying Income Levels

Each year, millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed because many families don't know they qualify! If you worked in 2017 and earned less than $54,000, you may be eligible to receive the tax credit and have your taxes prepared for free by an IRS-certified volunteer. Don't let your refund go unclaimed! Get your taxes prepared and filed for FREE at a tax preparation site near you or call 2-1-1 for more information.

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QIC-WD DFS

VDSS Selected to Test Workforce Strategies

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has been selected as one of eight child welfare agencies in the nation to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test strategies designed to strengthen the child welfare workforce. Learn more.

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Virginia Quality Program for Early Care and Education Reaches Milestone

Virginia Quality Program for Early Care and Education Reaches Milestone

Virginia Quality, the state's voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care and early learning providers, has reached over 1,000 program participants! Learn more about how these child care and preschool programs have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of early learning for Virginia's children and families.

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Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference

Register Today!

VDSS' Office on Volunteerism and Community Services and the Virginia Service Foundation will host one of the Commonwealth's largest gatherings of nonprofit and service organizations, the Annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference. The two-day conference will be held May 21-22, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. The event is open to the public. Register today!

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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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WELCOME to the Virginia Department of Social Services

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. We 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

  • Jan
    24

    VDSS Selected to Participate in National Partnership to Test Child Welfare Workforce Strategies

    Following a national, competitive process, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has been selected as one of eight child welfare agencies to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test strategies designed to strengthen the child welfare workforce.

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  • Jan
    22

    Virginia Quality Program for Early Care and Education Reaches Milestone

    Virginia Quality, the Commonwealth's voluntary rating and improvement system for early learning child care providers, recognizes a milestone achievement in reaching over 1,000 program participants. Since 2015, the number of quality-rated, early learning programs has increased from 394 to 1,001 child care and preschool providers. This recent success will yield greater access to quality child care and preschool programs for Virginia's children and families.

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  • 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.

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