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State Public Comments Form


The State Board of Social Services has created a new electronic State Board Comment Form to receive requests for public comment during its bi-monthly meetings. Members of the public can speak to any topic during the designated meeting time, and must adhere to time specifications established by the Board chair. Direct questions or requests for assistance to

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.

Governor Northam Signs Budget Bill Expanding Eligibility for Health Care

Governor Northam Signs Budget Bill Expanding Eligibility for Health Care

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed the SFY 2019/2020 Budget Bill, expanding health coverage eligibility to up to 400,000 new Virginia adults. New coverage will begin early January 2019.

Initial information has been posted at and will continue to be updated regularly as new details become available.

You may be eligible for a reduction in your TANF debt!

You may be eligible for a reduction in your TANF debt!

The Division of Child Support Enforcement's 2018 TANF Debt Compromise Program is now available to parents who owe TANF debt under a Virginia court or administrative order. The program is designed to encourage consistent child support payments by offering eligible parents a reduction in their TANF debt. For more information on how much you may be eligible to save, call 800-468-8894 or visit your local district office.

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.

Foster My Future

New Website for Foster Youth

Foster youth in Virginia have a new, dedicated website to support their success, Foster My Future. The website features resources for foster youth of all ages, including educational, medical and independent living information. Foster youth are encouraged to visit to learn more or sign up to be connected to the latest news, events and resources.


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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.


  • Sept

    VDSS Adopts Innovative Technology Solutions to Support its Child Welfare Programs

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has joined a cadre of six social services systems across the country in leading the effort to modernize its child welfare information system through the implementation of new and innovative technologies. COMPASS, which represents Virginia's Comprehensive Permanency Assessment and Safety System, has embarked on a multi-phased project to integrate web-based tools

  • Aug

    Virginia Announces Top Ten Ranking Hospitals for Exceptional Paternity Establishment Rates

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), in conjunction with the Virginia Paternity Establishment Program (VPEP), recently announced the top ten Virginia hospitals recognized for outstanding performance in paternity establishment for 2017. Each of these hospitals accomplished paternity establishment rates greater than 80 percent.

  • Jun

    Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted

    Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is continuing its effort to help provide qualifying households with cooling assistance during the summer months. The application period is open and runs through Wednesday, August 15.

    In order to qualify for cooling assistance, a household must have either a child under six years of age, an individual living 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, the maximum gross monthly income, before taxes, for a one-person household is $1,316 and $2,720 for a household of four.


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