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NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

Every November, we recognize National Adoption Month to raise awareness of the nearly 700 children in Virginia who are available for adoption and awaiting loving families. Read Governor Northam's adoption month proclamation and learn more about adoption by visiting AdoptVa.com. Together we can bring love, permanency and better outcomes to Virginia's waiting youth.

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NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER

The Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards highlight the amazing efforts of volunteers and organizations that put the needs of their community first. Awards are presented in 10 categories: Senior, Adult, Young Adult, Youth, Family, Corporation, Small Business, Educational Institution, Faith-Based Organization, and Community Organization. The nomination deadline is Friday, December 6. Learn more.

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Child Care Providers Needed in Virginia - Make a Difference Today!

Child Care Providers Needed in Virginia - Make a Difference Today!

A child's early years are both magical and critical for their growth and development. If you have a gift for caring for children, consider making a difference in your community by becoming a child care provider. Let us be your partner in starting or growing your child care business Visit childcareva.com today.

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EXPLORE VIRGINIA TRENDS IN HUNGER, FOOD ACCESS AND HEALTH

EXPLORE VIRGINIA TRENDS IN HUNGER, FOOD ACCESS AND HEALTH

In Virginia, nearly 1.2 million people have minimal access to fresh, affordable, and nutritious food. Visit FeedVA.org to see exactly where food insecurities are the highest and explore trends in hunger, food access, and health. Together we can make a difference. Learn more.

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STAFF DON ORANGE FOR HUNGER ACTION MONTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE

STAFF DON ORANGE FOR HUNGER ACTION MONTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE

VDSS Commissioner Duke Storen challenged state and local staff to participate in this year's "Wear Orange Day." Orange is the national color of hunger awareness. Make a difference in your community year-round by visiting Feeding America's volunteer page to find a local food bank near you.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Please join us October 4, 2019, for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Old Town Warrenton on Main Street in front of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courthouse! Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an International March to STOP Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. To register or for additional information, please contact: Angel Walters at (540) 422-8475 and/or angela.walters@dss.virginia.gov.

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Light Up The Night

Light Up The Night

The Fauquier County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program invites you to break the cycle of abuse by attending a candlelight vigil remembering victims of domestic violence. Please join us October 4, 2019, for Light Up The Night event in Old Town Warrenton on Main Street in front of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courthouse! Light Up the Night candlelight vigil will begin at 8:30pm. Learn more.

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VDSS HOSTS INAUGURAL CAPITAL TOUR FOR REFUGEE YOUTH

VDSS HOSTS INAUGURAL CAPITAL TOUR FOR REFUGEE YOUTH

Seventeen refugee youth who originate from seven different countries, but now reside across Virginia participated in the inaugural Mentoring Youth in Virginia (MYVA) Capital Tour, hosted by the Virginia Department of Social Services. The day-long event featured tours and personalized discussions with civic leaders, including VDSS Commissioner Duke Storen, among others. Learn more.

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Family First Virginia Website

Family First Website Launch

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) was adopted in February 2018. It includes historic reforms to child welfare funding, including federal funding for prevention services to families of children who are at imminent risk of entering foster care. Visit the Family First site today to learn more.

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New Legislative Changes for Exempt Child Day Programs

New Legislative Changes for Exempt Child Day Programs

Senate Bill 539 changes to Code of Virginia § 63.2-1715 "Exemptions from licensure" went into effect July 1, 2019. Code of Virginia § 63.2-1715 now clarifies who should be considered a child day program, redefines the list of programs that are exempt from licensure, and lists basic health and safety requirements. Learn more.

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Choosing Safe, Quality Care Isn't Child's Play

Choosing Safe, Quality Care Isn't Child's Play

VDSS created a new video to encourage parents to utilize ChildCareVa.com when searching for child care. We all value recommendations from family and friends, but ChildCareVa.com offers unique tips for asking the right questions of potential providers and info on the benefits of choosing high quality child care. Learn more.

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DCSE Annual Fee Increase

DCSE Annual Fee Increase

Effective July 1, 2019, legislative changes require that the Division of Child Support Enforcement update the annual fee for custodial parents who have never received Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The law increases the annual collection fee from $25 to $35 and now requires DCSE to collect and disburse $550 (previously $500) to the family before collecting the annual fee each federal fiscal year. Learn more.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING VOUCHER (ETV)

EDUCATION AND TRAINING VOUCHER (ETV)

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program assists current and former teens and young adults in foster care with post-secondary education and training expenses. Funding includes up to $5,000 per year for eligible students ages 14 to 26. ETV funds can be combined with other grants or scholarships. Learn more at FosterMyFuture.com.

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ChildCareVa.com Redesign Goes Live

ChildCareVa.com Redesign Goes Live

VDSS has re-launched the ChildCareVA.com site! Check out the wealth of new resources and information to make choosing safe, quality child care easier for parents! Encourage your friends and family to take action to feel comfortable and confident with their choice of child care by asking their potential provider the questions that really matter.

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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

  • Oct
    31

    Application Period for Fuel Assistance Closing Soon

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance online and at all local departments of social services through Friday, November 8. Applications may also be submitted by telephone by contacting the Enterprise Customer Service Center, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at (855) 635-4370.

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  • Aug
    21

    Mentoring Program for Refugee Youth Hosts Inaugural Capital Tour

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

    Seventeen refugee youth from across the Commonwealth of Virginia participated in the first Mentoring Youth in Virginia (MYVA) Capital Tour, hosted by the Virginia Department of Social Services' Office of Newcomer Services (ONS) on Friday, August 16. Designed to promote positive civic engagement and explore the Commonwealth's rich history

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  • July
    1

    Cooling Assistance Application Period Underway

    As part of its ongoing effort to help meet the needs of Virginia's most vulnerable citizens, the Virginia Department of Social Services will again provide qualifying households with cooling assistance during the summer months. Applications are currently being accepted and can be submitted until Thursday, August 15.

    In order to qualify for cooling assistance, a household must have a child less than six years of age, an individual living with a disability, or an adult age 60 or older living in the home. Eligible households must also meet income requirements for cooling assistance.

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