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Statewide Adoption Conference

Statewide Adoption Conference Set for November 1

VDSS will host its statewide adoption conference, "Supporting and Sustaining Virginia's Families Beyond Adoption," November 1, 2017 in Richmond, Va., featuring keynote speaker Adam Pertman, CEO and founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. The event is free and open to all current and prospective adoptive families, child welfare professionals and community partners. The deadline to register is October 27. Register today.

Safe Sleep 365

VDSS Launches Safe Sleep 365 Campaign to Promote Safer Sleep for Infants

Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has kicked off a statewide safe sleep campaign and call-to-action pledge, Safe Sleep 365, to educate parents, families and caregivers regarding the steps they can take to prevent sleep-related death in infants. Click here to learn more and take the pledge.

Meet your forever match.

Register for Virginia's Biggest Match Event!

Family-Match, a technology application developed by Adoption-Share, Inc., is helping families get matched with children waiting to be adopted in the Commonwealth of Virginia! Family-Match is a data-driven technology created by Adoption-Share, and designed to help families become visible to child welfare workers in Virginia and matched with available children on markers of compatibility! Click here for more information.

Norfolk Adoption Conference

Norfolk DSS' Adoption Conference Set for November 3

The Norfolk Department of Social Services will host its 3rd Annual Adoption Conference on November 3, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., featuring Kevin Campbell, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness. Campbell will discuss adoption disruption and share strategies to support adoptive parents. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, and is open to all adoptive families, community partners, and family services workers. The cost to attend is $50. To register, click here.

Foster My Future

New Website for Foster Youth

Foster youth in Virginia have a new, dedicated website to support their success, Foster My Future. The website features resources for foster youth of all ages, including educational, medical and independent living information. Foster youth are encouraged to visit to learn more or sign up to be connected to the latest news, events and resources.

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


Citizens Served

$ Million

child support collected

$ Million

Disbursed in Adoption Assistance Payments

Commissioner Schultze

Margaret Ross Schultze

WELCOME to the Virginia Department of Social Services
It is our pleasure to offer this website as a resource to connect our programs and services to the individuals and families we serve. It is our hope that we advance our mission of helping people shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities, through the delivery of essential services that help them triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect.

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. I 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.


  • Sept

    Virginia Department of Social Services Launches Comprehensive Campaign to Promote Safer Sleep for Infants

    As part of its ongoing effort to reduce sleep-related infant fatalities throughout the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has kicked off a statewide safe sleep campaign and call-to-action pledge, Safe Sleep 365. The campaign, which coincides with National Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in September and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, is designed to educate parents, families and caregivers regarding the steps they can take to prevent sleep-related death in infants. The public awareness campaign builds on the core principles of "Alone, Apart and Always" to emphasize simple practices all Virginians can follow to provide a safe and healthy environment for infants each time they sleep.

  • Aug

    SNAP Recipients Will Receive Benefits on New Issuance Schedule Beginning September 1

    Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will implement a new issuance schedule beginning September 1, 2017, that may result in changes to the day some clients receive SNAP benefits moving forward. The new schedule is below.

    In early August, the Virginia Department of Social Services began communicating the change to all SNAP clients by mail, social media and through local departments of social services.

  • Aug

    Child Support Awareness Day: Strengthening Families and Communities

    On Saturday, August 26 the Virginia Department of Social Services' Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) will celebrate Child Support Awareness Day during the Back to School Fest, at Norfolk Scope, located at 201 E. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA. 23510 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    This event coincides with national Child Support Awareness Month, and is a component of an outreach process intended to increase DCSE's presence and accessibility throughout the Hampton Roads community. Staff will be on hand to provide information regarding DCSE services offered to parents, families and other parties involved or interested in child support.


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