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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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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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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

  • Mar
    29

    Transition to New Debit Card for TANF Recipients

    On April 2, 2016, changes will occur with the Virginia Debit MasterCard that is used to issue TANF benefits. Xerox, the vendor that issues the cards, will be enhancing their systems and will be transitioning to a new card, the Way2Go Card. The changes will result in more features as well as a more favorable fee structure for our customers.

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  • Feb
    11

    2-1-1 VIRGINIA Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Virginians!

    Today marks the 10th anniversary of 2-1-1 VIRGINIA, a free, 24-hour service, that has now become the Commonwealth's largest information and referral network available to citizens for health and human services.
    In a celebration today, hosted by Virginia Department of Social Services' (VDSS) Office of Community and Volunteer Services, Governor McAuliffe congratulated 2-1-1 VIRGINIA on this milestone anniversary, and recognized the excellent service provided to the Commonwealth's citizens over the years.

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  • Oct
    21

    Help with Heating Cost This Winter

    Now through Friday, November 13, fuel assistance applications through the Virginia Department of Social Services' (VDSS) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted at all local departments of social services and online.

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