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Governor Northam Signs Budget Bill Expanding Eligibility for Health Care

Governor Northam Signs Budget Bill Expanding Eligibility for Health Care

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed the SFY 2019/2020 Budget Bill, expanding health coverage eligibility to up to 400,000 new Virginia adults. New coverage will begin early January 2019.

Initial information has been posted at www.coverva.org and will continue to be updated regularly as new details become available.

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June is National Reunification Month

June is National Reunification Month

In honor of June being National Reunification Month, Virginia Department of Social Services recognizes the collaborative efforts of birth and foster families, and support of local departments of social services, courts and community partners in achieving the most desirable outcome for children in foster care - family reunification. Working together, we will continue to achieve successful outcomes for Virginia’s children and families.

DCSE Completes Merger of Portsmouth and Suffolk District Offices

DCSE Completes Merger of Portsmouth and Suffolk District Offices

The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) has merged the DCSE Portsmouth District Office and Suffolk District Office. Effective Monday, May 21, 2018, Portsmouth-area customers will be served by the Suffolk District Office between the hours of 8:15 a.m and 5:00 p.m. at 7007 Harbour View Boulevard Suite 106, Suffolk, VA 23435..

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You may be eligible for a reduction in your TANF debt!

You may be eligible for a reduction in your TANF debt!

The Division of Child Support Enforcement's 2018 TANF Debt Compromise Program is now available to parents who owe TANF debt under a Virginia court or administrative order. The program is designed to encourage consistent child support payments by offering eligible parents a reduction in their TANF debt. For more information on how much you may be eligible to save, call 800-468-8894 or visit your local district office.

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Enrollment Open for EleVAte SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program

Enrollment Open for EleVAte SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program

If you are required to work in order to receive SNAP benefits, you may receive training through the voluntary EleVAte SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program which works to improve your job skills and assist you in finding employment. You must enroll by June 30, 2018. Learn more.

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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.

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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 fostermyfuture.com to learn more or sign up to be connected to the latest news, events and resources.

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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 public.affairs@dss.virginia.gov.

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Commissioner Storen

S. Duke Storen
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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.

VDSS News

  • Jan
    24

    VDSS Selected to Participate in National Partnership to Test Child Welfare Workforce Strategies

    Following a national, competitive process, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has been selected as one of eight child welfare agencies to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test strategies designed to strengthen the child welfare workforce.

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  • Jan
    22

    Virginia Quality Program for Early Care and Education Reaches Milestone

    Virginia Quality, the Commonwealth's voluntary rating and improvement system for early learning child care providers, recognizes a milestone achievement in reaching over 1,000 program participants. Since 2015, the number of quality-rated, early learning programs has increased from 394 to 1,001 child care and preschool providers. This recent success will yield greater access to quality child care and preschool programs for Virginia's children and families.

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  • Nov
    2

    Application Period for Fuel Assistance Closing Soon

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance at all local departments of social services and online through Monday, November 13.

    To qualify for fuel assistance, the maximum gross monthly income for a one-person household must not exceed $1,307. For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income is $2,665.

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