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Rappahannock Social Services Hosts Foster Family Recruitment Svent

Rappahannock Social Services recently joined with local Juvenile Court Judge the Honorable Melissa Cupp for a foster parent recruitment event. Judge Cupp and Jennifer Parker, director of Rappahannock Social Services, gave presentations to the nearly 100 community members and staff in attendance to encourage participation in upcoming local foster parent training. The Department has already experienced new couples enrolling.

2019 Adoption Exchange Association Conference

2019 Adoption Exchange Association Conference

Register today for the 2019 Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) Conference, "Inspiring Leadership in Adoption," taking place April 29-30, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The conference will include general sessions, workshops, a national match event, facilitated round table discussions for leaders in adoption, and networking opportunities for professionals at all levels, including students and retirees.

Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference


Register today for the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference taking place May 7-8, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. The event, presented by the Virginia Department of Social Services and Virginia Service Foundation, will offer workshops and interactive training sessions on capacity building, volunteer management, and personal/professional development.

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

 Child Support Questions? AskDCSE!

Child Support Questions? AskDCSE!

Did you know you can email your child support questions to the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE)? Simply visit the DCSE website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the yellow "AskDCSE" link to submit your inquiry. DSCE will respond to inquiries within one business day.

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.


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 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.


  • Feb

    Virginia's SNAP Program Adjusts Release of March Benefits

    For the month of March only, all Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients will receive benefits on Friday, March 1, 2019. SNAP will suspend its usual staggered issuance and release benefits to all recipients, including individuals who typically receive benefits between the 4th and 7th of each month, on this date. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients' SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

  • Jan

    Virginians Still Have Time to Apply for Crisis Heating Assistance This Winter

    Applications for Crisis Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services' (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are being accepted through Friday, March 15.

    Crisis Assistance is designed to help households overcome energy emergencies that cannot be met by other resources. Families and individuals can apply through CommonHelp by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 1-855-635-4370, or through their local departments of social services.

  • Jan

    USDA Plan Provides for the Early Release of February Benefits for SNAP Recipients

    Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will receive their February food benefits early due to the federal government shutdown. This change will affect all SNAP recipients in Virginia scheduled to receive benefits during the first week of February, regardless of case number or usual issuance date. The early issuance will occur on January 17, 2019.

    "Families having access to food and children going to school without being hungry is a basic and critical need that transcends politics," said Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Commissioner Duke Storen. "The SNAP program ensures food security for many of our nation's most vulnerable citizens and we are pleased to be able to provide benefits to our clients for the month of February."


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