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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES AND RESOURCES
Our agency is working closely with administration, including the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the COVID-19 Taskforce and local partners and stakeholders to activate emergency procedures.

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(Under the authority of Executive Order 51, the Commissioner of Department of Social Services is waiving regulation 22VAC40-665-40.N which references the period of time for a redetermination of eligibility for the subsidy program. )

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Child Support Resources

CHILD SUPPORT RESOURCES

While the Division of Child Support Enforcement has suspended in-office customer service, normal operations continue and services remain available. We will continue to distribute child support payments and provide assistance to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Virginia's families. We're here to help. Learn more.

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MEAL SITES FOR CHILDREN

MEAL SITES FOR CHILDREN

Are you searching for meal sites for children? Visit the Department of Education's list of approved meal service sites. Call 2-1-1 for more information regarding meal service in your area. Learn more.

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Child Care COVID-19 Guidance

CHILD CARE COVID-19 GUIDANCE

COVID-19 federal/state guidance, health guidance FAQs and resources for child care providers is available from the VDSS Child Care website. Visit the site frequently for updates as new information continues to emerge. Learn more.

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VDSS Coronavirus Update

VDSS COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Social Services has created a COVID-19 page on our website that will regularly be updated with the most up-to-date information and guidance from the department, including health updates, help applying for cash, food or medical assistance, and more. For general questions, email or dial 2-1-1. Learn more.

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VDSS Launches Foster-Friendly Business Card Program

VDSS Launches Foster-Friendly Business Card Program

Virginia's Kids Belong and Virginia Fosters have partnered with VDSS to offer the Foster-Friendly Business Card program, which provides discounts to eligible foster families as thanks for their service to Virginia's children. The first of these is 50% off YMCA monthly memberships. Eligible families will receive their business card through local departments of social services or private agencies. Learn more.

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Child Care Providers Needed in Virginia - Make a Difference Today!

Child Care Providers Needed in Virginia - Make a Difference Today!

A child's early years are both magical and critical for their growth and development. If you have a gift for caring for children, consider making a difference in your community by becoming a child care provider. Let us be your partner in starting or growing your child care business Visit childcareva.com today.

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EXPLORE VIRGINIA TRENDS IN HUNGER, FOOD ACCESS AND HEALTH

EXPLORE VIRGINIA TRENDS IN HUNGER, FOOD ACCESS AND HEALTH

In Virginia, nearly 1.2 million people have minimal access to fresh, affordable, and nutritious food. Visit FeedVA.org to see exactly where food insecurities are the highest and explore trends in hunger, food access, and health. Together we can make a difference. Learn more.

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STAFF DON ORANGE FOR HUNGER ACTION MONTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE

STAFF DON ORANGE FOR HUNGER ACTION MONTH AWARENESS INITIATIVE

VDSS Commissioner Duke Storen challenged state and local staff to participate in this year's "Wear Orange Day." Orange is the national color of hunger awareness. Make a difference in your community year-round by visiting Feeding America's volunteer page to find a local food bank near you.

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VDSS HOSTS INAUGURAL CAPITAL TOUR FOR REFUGEE YOUTH

VDSS HOSTS INAUGURAL CAPITAL TOUR FOR REFUGEE YOUTH

Seventeen refugee youth who originate from seven different countries, but now reside across Virginia participated in the inaugural Mentoring Youth in Virginia (MYVA) Capital Tour, hosted by the Virginia Department of Social Services. The day-long event featured tours and personalized discussions with civic leaders, including VDSS Commissioner Duke Storen, among others. Learn more.

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Family First Virginia Website

Family First Website Launch

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) was adopted in February 2018. It includes historic reforms to child welfare funding, including federal funding for prevention services to families of children who are at imminent risk of entering foster care. Visit the Family First site today to learn more.

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New Legislative Changes for Exempt Child Day Programs

New Legislative Changes for Exempt Child Day Programs

Senate Bill 539 changes to Code of Virginia § 63.2-1715 "Exemptions from licensure" went into effect July 1, 2019. Code of Virginia § 63.2-1715 now clarifies who should be considered a child day program, redefines the list of programs that are exempt from licensure, and lists basic health and safety requirements. Learn more.

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Choosing Safe, Quality Care Isn't Child's Play

Choosing Safe, Quality Care Isn't Child's Play

VDSS created a new video to encourage parents to utilize ChildCareVa.com when searching for child care. We all value recommendations from family and friends, but ChildCareVa.com offers unique tips for asking the right questions of potential providers and info on the benefits of choosing high quality child care. Learn more.

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DCSE Annual Fee Increase

DCSE Annual Fee Increase

Effective July 1, 2019, legislative changes require that the Division of Child Support Enforcement update the annual fee for custodial parents who have never received Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The law increases the annual collection fee from $25 to $35 and now requires DCSE to collect and disburse $550 (previously $500) to the family before collecting the annual fee each federal fiscal year. Learn more.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING VOUCHER (ETV)

EDUCATION AND TRAINING VOUCHER (ETV)

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program assists current and former teens and young adults in foster care with post-secondary education and training expenses. Funding includes up to $5,000 per year for eligible students ages 14 to 26. ETV funds can be combined with other grants or scholarships. Learn more at FosterMyFuture.com.

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ChildCareVa.com Redesign Goes Live

ChildCareVa.com Redesign Goes Live

VDSS has re-launched the ChildCareVA.com site! Check out the wealth of new resources and information to make choosing safe, quality child care easier for parents! Encourage your friends and family to take action to feel comfortable and confident with their choice of child care by asking their potential provider the questions that really matter.

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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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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.

Press Releases

  • Mar
    31

    Virginia Extends Certification Period for Its Core Assistance Programs

    In efforts to ensure households are able to maintain access to food, health care benefits, cash assistance and child care during the COVID-19 crisis, Virginia will extend certification periods for its core human service programs. This includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care Subsidy programs.

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  • Mar
    25

    Virginia's SNAP Program to Issue Emergency Benefits Today

    Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants during the months of March and April, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue the emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum benefits. The emergency benefits will allow the household's current monthly allotment to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

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  • Feb
    5

    Application Period for Crisis Heating Assistance Underway

    Virginians still have time to apply for crisis heating assistance. Applications for Crisis Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services' Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are currently being accepted through Monday, March 16. Crisis Assistance is designed to help households overcome energy emergencies that cannot be met by other resources. An energy emergency is determined when a household has no heat or is in imminent danger of being without heat. The following examples would constitute an energy emergency:

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