The Virginia Department of Social Services supports low-income families through a variety of programs and resources designed to help meet their basic needs. Our work empowers families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and shape strong futures for themselves.
The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development (CCED) is committed to the quality, availability and affordability of child care in Virginia. CCED 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 Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides assistance to eligible low-income households to help meet home heating and/or cooling expenses.
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.