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Child Welfare Stipend Program

The new and improved Child Welfare Stipend Program immerses students in the most current best practice methods such as trauma informed practice, family engagement, and cultural and diversity competence.

VDSS Presents Real Stories of Adoption and Foster Care

VDSS Shares 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

Adoption Matters

Adoption Matters

You don't need to own your own home, be wealthy, have children already, or be a stay-at-home parent to adopt. There are over 800 children in Virginia waiting for a loving home - find out how you can become their forever family by calling 1-800-DO ADOPT.

Write your own success story!

Write your own success story!

Are you required to register for work in order to receive SNAP Benefits? Would you like to receive training that may improve your employment skills and help you find a job? We may be able to help you reach your employment goals.

Click HERE for more information!


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Disbursed in Adoption Assistance Payments

Commissioner Schultze

Margaret Ross Schultze

WELCOME to the Virginia Department of Social Services
It is our pleasure to offer this website as a resource to connect our programs and services to the individuals and families we serve. It is our hope that we advance our mission of helping people shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities, through the delivery of essential services that help them triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect.

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. I 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.


  • Sep

    Virginia Selected to Participate in National Governors Association's Three Branch Institute

    Virginia was selected as one of eight competitively-selected states to participate in the National Governors Association's (NGA) Three Branch Institute, which focuses on improving child safety and preventing child fatalities. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), which is leading the effort, will be working closely


  • Aug

    Child Support Awareness Day at South of the James

    What do squash, squirrels, and state licenses have in common? On Saturday, August 6, the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), DMV2Go and Nutzy (Richmond's favorite mascot) will team up to celebrate Child Support Awareness Day at the South of the James (SOJ) Farmers' Market...


  • Jun

    Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted

    Now through August 15, the Virginia Department of Social Services is helping to provide qualifying households with cooling assistance.
    To qualify for cooling assistance, a household must have either a child under 6-years-old, an individual with a disability, or an adult age 60 or older living in the home. There is also an income requirement for cooling assistance; this year...


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