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AUGUST IS CHILD SUPPORT AWARENESS MONTH

AUGUST IS CHILD SUPPORT AWARENESS MONTH

The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is celebrating the month of August as the 24th annual Child Support Awareness Month. With one in five children in Virginia involved in a child support case, DCSE has resources to help parents facilitate successful outcomes for themselves and their children. 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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Summer Meals

Summer Meals

To ensure children are able to receive healthy meals during the summer months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children 18 years of age and younger at various sites throughout the Commonwealth. To find summer meals near you, text "FOOD" to 877-877 or click here.

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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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RAPPAHANNOCK SOCIAL SERVICES HOSTS FOSTER FAMILY RECRUITMENT EVENT

Rappahannock Social Services Hosts Foster Family Recruitment Event

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.

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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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 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.

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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.

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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.

VDSS News

  • Aug
    21

    Mentoring Program for Refugee Youth Hosts Inaugural Capital Tour

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

    Seventeen refugee youth from across the Commonwealth of Virginia participated in the first Mentoring Youth in Virginia (MYVA) Capital Tour, hosted by the Virginia Department of Social Services' Office of Newcomer Services (ONS) on Friday, August 16. Designed to promote positive civic engagement and explore the Commonwealth's rich history

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  • July
    1

    Cooling Assistance Application Period Underway

    As part of its ongoing effort to help meet the needs of Virginia's most vulnerable citizens, 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 Thursday, August 15.

    In order to qualify for cooling assistance, a household must have a child less than six years of age, an individual living with a disability, or an adult age 60 or older living in the home. Eligible households must also meet income requirements for cooling assistance.

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  • Feb
    19

    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.

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