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Citizens Served

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child support collected

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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.

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X Access Free Tax Filing Assistance

Access Free Tax Filing Assistance

File your federal and state taxes to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit! Eligibility varies based on income and number of dependents. Many VDSS clients qualify for FREE filing assistance. Both virtual and in-person options are available. Find more information.

X Survey Results of Virginia Community Engagement Index (VCEI) Are In

Survey Results of the Virginia Community Engagement Index (VCEI) Are In

VDSS is excited to share the launch of the Virginia Community Engagement Index! Earlier this year, Serve Virginia launched a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study to understand the state of service, volunteerism, and civic action in Virginia, as well as identify community priorities on the state and local levels. Read the survey findings.

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 public.affairs@dss.virginia.gov. 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 NEW CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS

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 FosterMyFuture.com 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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