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Citizens Served

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child support collected

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Disbursed in Adoption Assistance Payments

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 nearly 13,000 state and 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.

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X P-EBT for SNAP Recipient Households with Children Under 6

P-EBT for SNAP Recipient Households with Children Under 6

P-EBT benefits have been released to eligible SNAP households that include child(ren) who were under the age of 6 as of September 1, 2021 and did not receive school-aged P-EBT benefits during the 2021-2022 school year. Eligibility was based upon a households' SNAP status between September 2021 and June 2022. Learn more.

X Register Now for VDSS' First Annual Permanency Conference

Register Now for VDSS' First Annual Permanency Conference

The Virginia Department of Social Services, Division of Family Services will host its inaugural Permanency Conference on December 7-8, 2022 in Hampton, Virginia. Conference workshops topics include family engagement, foster care, adoption assistance, interstate compact on the placement of children, kinship care, and foster care recruitment. Registration is free. The conference audience is anyone who supports or provides direct services to children and families affiliated with the child welfare system. Learn more.

X Benefit Expungement

Benefit Expungement

A change in federal regulations has occurred and any SNAP or P-EBT funds on inactive cards (those with no spend activity for nine months) will expire if no action is taken. If a card is not "active," benefits issued more than nine months ago are required to be removed from the account. To avoid losing benefits, households must make a food purchase on their P-EBT or EBT card at least once every nine months. Learn more.

X VDSS Introduces Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy

VDSS Introduces Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy

VDSS is excited to announce the first ever Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy (OTRP). The OTRP will lead efforts to infuse and sustain trauma-informed and healing-centered knowledge and skills into VDSS culture, policies, and practice and promote resilience and healing in the children, families, and individuals. Learn more.

X Virginia Department of Social Services Launches Substance Use Disorder Ally Hub

Virginia Department of Social Services Launches Substance Use Disorder Ally Hub

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has developed a virtual training and resource center, Recovery Ally VDSS, to holistically respond to the challenges that substance use disorder poses on individuals and families. The hub is available to internal staff, partners and the public, and offers various resources for prevention, treatment, recovery, and advocacy. Learn more.

X NEW CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS

Are you between the ages of 18-27 and previously a teen in foster care?

If you are between the ages of 18-27 and previously a teen in foster care, you may be eligible for financial support through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Visit FosterMyFuture.com or text FosterMyFuture to (833) 467-0549 to be contacted by Virginia Department of Social Services staff with more information. Learn more.

X Child Care Resource Guide

Child Care Resource Guides

New resources are available for parents and employers in search of information as school districts begin moving to new models of instruction due to COVID-19. Learn more.

X 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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X 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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X 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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X 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@test.dss.virginia.gov.

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