The Virginia Department of Social Services supports children and youth with programs and resources designed to serve their physical and emotional needs and sustain their safety and stability. Our work is centered on strong partnerships with families and is enhanced through collaboration with a variety of community organizations.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is committed to the quality, availability and affordability of child care in Virginia. VDOE provides guidance and support to parents, child care providers and the community to ensure safe and healthy environments for children.
The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) collaborates with custodial and non-custodial parents to ensure Virginia's children receive financial and family engagement support to grow and thrive.
The Family First Prevention Services Act aims to keep children safe, strengthen families and reduce the need for foster care whenever it is safe to do so. Family First supports the overarching mission that children should grow up in a safe, stable and secure family that supports their long-term well-being.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance to families with children to help meet their basic needs.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides a monthly benefit to eligible individuals and families to supplement the purchase of nutritious foods.
The Division of Family Services (DFS) is committed to providing stability for all children and youth in foster care and delivering high-quality adoption services that meet the needs of children, birth families, prospective adopters, and adoptive families.
Medicaid and the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan (FAMIS) are medical assistance programs that make direct payments to health care service providers for eligible individuals and families who are unable to pay for needed medical services.