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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.
Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households this month. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients' Electronic Benefits Transfer cards on Tuesday, November 16.Learn More >>
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance online, by telephone through the Enterprise Customer Service Center at (855) 635-4370, and at all local departments of social services through Friday, November 12.Learn More >>
Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households this month. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients' Electronic Benefits Transfer cards on Saturday, October 16.Learn More >>
Starting Oct. 1, all Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants will see an increase in their benefits due to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s recent update to the Thrifty Food Plan methodology, the first since 1975. SNAP benefits are based on the Thrifty Food Plan to estimate the cost of groceries needed to provide a healthy diet for a family of four.Learn More >>
Virginia's Division of Child Support Enforcement has been named recipient of the 2021 Program Awareness Award by the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) for its #SupportVAKids: Digital Marketing Grant. The award was presented virtually in Austin, Texas at the 2021 National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) Leadership Symposium.Learn More >>
The Virginia Paternity Establishment Program (VPEP), a program which offers unmarried parents the opportunity to establish paternity for newborn children, recognizes the top-ten ranking Virginia hospitals for paternity establishment rates.Learn More >>
Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households this month. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients' Electronic Benefits Transfer cards on Thursday, September 16.Learn More >>
The Virginia Department of Social Services' (VDSS) Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) was recently awarded a Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting Grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support youth and young adult parenting education and outreach efforts. Virginia is one of only eight other child support agencies in the country to receive the three-year grant. The grant-funded project seeks to develop and expand curricula and other outreach interventions to educate youth and young adults between the ages of 13-25 on the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood.Learn More >>
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to eligible households this summer to further assist students in meeting their nutritional needs while schools are out of session. Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, students who qualified for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of the learning method (fully remote, hybrid or in-person), will receive a one-time, lump sum benefit of $375 on August 25, 2021.Learn More >>
The Virginia Department of Social Services will again provide qualifying households with cooling assistance during the summer months. Applications are currently being accepted and can be submitted until Monday, August 16.Learn More >>
In efforts to be more accessible and increase support to more Virginians, 2-1-1 Virginia, the Commonwealth's largest network of health and human service resources, added another way to receive information and referrals. In addition to the 2-1-1 website, email, and call center, live texting is now available for Virginians to access resources within their local area.Learn More >>
November is National Adoption Month, a time to celebrate families formed and strengthened through the adoption of children in foster care. Last year, VDSS finalized 845 adoptions, however more than 600 children and youth are still in Virginia's foster care system and awaiting loving, permanent families. Follow VDSS on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month as we use these channels to highlight the path of adoption for Virginia's waiting children. Learn more
The Child Tax Credit has expanded to include advanced payments for 2021, which are now available to eligible families. Families can receive monthly payments of up to $300 per child under age 6, and up to $250 per child ages 6-17. Learn more.
Under Virginia General Assembly law, Virginia customers who received TANF, SNAP, or WIC anytime between January 2019 - July 31, 2021 may qualify to avoid Dominion Energy disconnection. Learn more.
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.
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.
Governor Ralph Northam recently announced a new, centralized COVID-19 vaccination system that will allow Virginians to pre-register for the vaccine, confirm that they are on the waitlist, and learn more about Virginia's vaccination program. Access to the system is available online at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA. Learn more.
The Division of Child Support Enforcement's Eastern Shore Satellite Office has a new mailing address. Effective immediately, the following will be used as they transition to centralized mail operations • To mail correspondence (forms and applications): P. O. Box 550, Richmond, VA 23218 • To mail payments (checks and money orders): P. O. Box 570 Richmond, VA 23218. Learn more.
The Richmond District Office has a new correspondence address. Effective immediately, the following will be used as they begin the Centralized Mailing process. • To mail correspondence (forms and applications): P. O. Box 550 Richmond, VA 23218 • To mail payments (checks and money orders): P. O. Box 570 Richmond, VA 23218 Learn more.
VDSS' Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is excited to announce text messaging capabilities! This new feature allows customers to receive quick and friendly two-way text messages in response to questions related to their DCSE case(s), appointment and payment reminders, and updates to balances on their case(s). Learn more.
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.
Virginia SNAP participants can purchase eligible food items online through Amazon and Walmart online platforms beginning Friday, May 29. Participants will be able to complete transactions using their EBT card and their secure PINs. SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay for fees of any type, such as delivery, service, or convenience fees. Learn more.
COVID-19 Virginia Resources is a new mobile app and website designed to operate as a one-stop resource to access benefits, services and critical COVID-19-related programs Virginians need most right now. Find it in the App Store and Play Store today for immediate access to actionable resources. Learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.