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Foster Care Awareness Month

Foster Care Awareness Month

Even if a foster child is only with you for a short time, you may be the one person that can make a positive change in that child’s life forever.

What can you do to #fostertheodds?

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FosterWalk Virginia

FosterWalk Virginia

Help us celebrate Foster Care Awareness Month and build safer, stronger communities by participating in the Virginia FosterWalk events!

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Prevent Child Heatstroke

Prevent Child Heatstroke

Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among Children. Even the best parents can forget a child in the back seat. Learn how you can help prevent it.

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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.

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Commissioner Schultze

Margaret Ross Schultze
Commissioner

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.

VDSS News

  • Oct
    21

    Help with Heating Cost This Winter

    Now through Friday, November 13, fuel assistance applications through the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are being accepted at all local departments of social services and online.

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  • Sep
    29

    2015 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference

    The Office of Volunteerism and Community Service (OVCS) is gearing up for the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, which will take place. The annual conference is the Commonwealth's leading conference for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities

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  • Aug
    11

    Virginia Child Support Agency Offers State Debt Reduction Program through September

    In recognition of Child Support Awareness Month in Virginia, from August through September 2015, the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) has implemented a special initiative to help some of Virginia’s most vulnerable families

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