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Important Changes to Benefit Programs

Federal and state benefit programs that provided temporary eligibility and enrollment procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will begin returning to regular operations over the coming months.

These programs will have specific requirements and unique timeframes for returning to pre-pandemic services.

Stay Informed

Please use the links below to find details concerning these important program updates.

Click here for more information about other programs that will be changing eligibility and benefit issuance over the coming months.

VDSS will continue to provide updates as they become available to ensure impacted households are informed of the changes to their benefits.


Citizens Served

$ Million

child support collected

$ Million

Disbursed in Adoption Assistance Payments

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 nearly 13,000 state and 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.

Press Releases



X  Register Now for the Virtual Virginia Volunteerism Summit

Register Now for the Virtual Virginia Volunteerism Summit

Registration is now open for the virtual Virginia Volunteerism Summit, the Commonwealth's leading event for individuals and organizations making a difference in communities. The event includes inspiring keynote sessions, masterclass workshops for all experience levels, and opportunities to meet other leaders focused on maximizing impact and creating change. Register today to save your spot.

X Real Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Real Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Virginians share their true stories of adoption, foster care, and reunification. These stories all share a common theme - families were strengthened through foster care and adoption. If you would like to share a personal story of adoption or foster care, please email Read the stories.

X Benefit Expungement

Benefit Expungement

A change in federal regulations has occurred and any SNAP or P-EBT funds on inactive cards (those with no spend activity for nine months) will expire if no action is taken. If a card is not "active," benefits issued more than nine months ago are required to be removed from the account. To avoid losing benefits, households must make a food purchase on their P-EBT or EBT card at least once every nine months. Learn more.

X Virginia Department of Social Services Launches Substance Use Disorder Ally Hub

Virginia Department of Social Services Launches Substance Use Disorder Ally Hub

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has developed a virtual training and resource center, Recovery Ally VDSS, to holistically respond to the challenges that substance use disorder poses on individuals and families. The hub is available to internal staff, partners and the public, and offers various resources for prevention, treatment, recovery, and advocacy. Learn more.


Are you between the ages of 18-27 and previously a teen in foster care?

If you are between the ages of 18-27 and previously a teen in foster care, you may be eligible for financial support through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Visit or text FosterMyFuture to (833) 467-0549 to be contacted by Virginia Department of Social Services staff with more information. Learn more.

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