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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.
Households in need of assistance meeting energy needs may be eligible to receive aid through the Virginia COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program. The new program will assist low-income households that would not typically be eligible for other energy assistance programs offered by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) due to financial or vulnerable individual (a household member who is age 60 or over, disabled, or under age six) criteria. Eligible households will receive a one-time payment of $300 to address their immediate energy costs, including energy debt accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic.Learn More >>
Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households who are not already receiving the maximum allotment as part of their regular monthly benefit. Consistent with the emergency allotments provided during the months of March - August, benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Eligible recipients can expect to have benefits available on Wednesday, September 16.Learn More >>
The Virginia Paternity Establishment Program (VPEP), a program which offers unmarried parents the opportunity to establish paternity for their newborn, has witnessed increases in paternity establishment rates despite COVID-19 visitor restrictions at several birthing hospitals. Under the current COVID-19 restrictions, most hospitals nationwide have limited the number of visitors for new mothers to only one visitor throughout the duration of their hospital stay. At some hospitals, this has made it more difficult to establish paternity. However, with access to VPEP’s new website and tools, hospital birth registrars and new parents in Virginia have all the necessary resources readily available to support paternity establishment.Learn More >>
VDSS' Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is excited to announce text messaging capabilities! This new feature allows customers to receive quick and friendly two-way text messages in response to questions related to their DCSE case(s), appointment and payment reminders, and updates to balances on their case(s). Learn more.Learn More >>
Virginia SNAP participants can purchase eligible food items online through Amazon and Walmart online platforms beginning Friday, May 29. Participants will be able to complete transactions using their EBT card and their secure PINs. SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay for fees of any type, such as delivery, service, or convenience fees. Learn more.Learn More >>
COVID-19 Virginia Resources is a new mobile app and website designed to operate as a one-stop resource to access benefits, services and critical COVID-19-related programs Virginians need most right now. Find it in the App Store and Play Store today for immediate access to actionable resources. Learn more.Learn More >>
While the Division of Child Support Enforcement has suspended in-office customer service, normal operations continue and services remain available. We will continue to distribute child support payments and provide assistance to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Virginia's families. We're here to help. Learn more.Learn More >>
COVID-19 federal/state guidance, health guidance FAQs and resources for child care providers is available from the VDSS Child Care website. Visit the site frequently for updates as new information continues to emerge. Learn more.
The Virginia Department of Social Services has created a COVID-19 page on our website that will regularly be updated with the most up-to-date information and guidance from the department, including health updates, help applying for cash, food or medical assistance, and more. For general questions, email or dial 2-1-1. Learn more.
Virginia's Kids Belong and Virginia Fosters have partnered with VDSS to offer the Foster-Friendly Business Card program, which provides discounts to eligible foster families as thanks for their service to Virginia's children. The first of these is 50% off YMCA monthly memberships. Eligible families will receive their business card through local departments of social services or private agencies. Learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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