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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, the Virginia Department of Social Services joins in the national effort to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. There are approximately 1,700 child deaths each year in the United States due to child abuse and neglect. This month and every day, we support public awareness efforts designed to increase community partnership, public policies and strategies in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect. Learn more.

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VDSS 'Goes Blue' for Child Abuse Prevention Month

VDSS 'Goes Blue' for Child Abuse Prevention Month

In honor of today as Wear Blue Day 2018, a day to recognize child abuse prevention efforts across the state and nation, Commissioner Duke Storen and members of the Division of Family Services donned blue attire as a visible commitment of their dedication to supporting the prevention of child abuse throughout the Commonwealth.

(304) 582-4250

Act Fast: Registration Ends Soon for the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference

Don't miss the annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference taking place May 21-22, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. This is the Commonwealth's leading conference for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities. The two-day event is open to the public. Registration closes May 11, 2018. (850) 431-7413!

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Enrollment Open for EleVAte SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program

Enrollment Open for EleVAte SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program

If you are required to work in order to receive SNAP benefits, you may receive training through the voluntary EleVAte SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program which works to improve your job skills and assist you in finding employment. You must enroll by June 30, 2018. 8147606948.

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Apply Today for Domestic Violence Program Funding

Apply Today for Domestic Violence Program Funding

Funding is available through the Virginia Department of Social Services for nonprofit organizations and units of government that are creating new domestic violence service programs designed specifically for underserved populations. Apply by April 19, 2018. An optional pre-application conference will be held on March 13, 2018 in Richmond, Va. 3212607222.

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Registration Open: 2018 Peninsula Post-Adoption Services Conference

Registration Open: 2018 Peninsula Post-Adoption Services Conference

612-460-4686 will host its 2nd Annual Peninsula Post-Adoption Services Conference Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the 2175958766. The event is free for families who have adopted youth from any local department of social services in the (813) 231-1933, as well as foster parents who are considering or currently in the adoption process. Register 408-304-9819.

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Fauquier County Family Services Unit Hosts Champions for Children 5K Event

The Fauquier County Department of Social Services will host a Champions for Children 5K fundraiser on April 14, 2018. The goal of the event is to raise money for youth in foster care, increase awareness about abuse and neglect within Fauquier County, and provide information about becoming foster or adoptive parents. Register today!

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DCSE Eastern Region Merges Two District Offices

DCSE Eastern Region Merges Two District Offices

The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) has consolidated (218) 781-9804 to better serve customers. Effective January 31, 2018, the Hampton District Office is part of the Newport News District Office, and the Chesapeake District Office is part of the Eastern Virginia District Office. As always, the 2894238172 portal, DCSE Customer Service Center ((919) 508-6695) and VDSS website remain additional options for customers seeking information or assistance.

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Earned Income Tax Credit

Earned Income Tax Credit and Free Tax Preparation for Qualifying Income Levels

Each year, millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed because many families don't know they qualify! If you worked in 2017 and earned less than $54,000, you may be eligible to receive the tax credit and have your taxes prepared for free by an IRS-certified volunteer. Don't let your refund go unclaimed! Get your taxes prepared and filed for FREE at a tax preparation site near you or call 2-1-1 for more information.

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VDSS Selected to Test Workforce Strategies

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has been selected as one of eight child welfare agencies in the nation to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test strategies designed to strengthen the child welfare workforce. (315) 351-3825.

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Virginia Quality Program for Early Care and Education Reaches Milestone

Virginia Quality Program for Early Care and Education Reaches Milestone

Virginia Quality, the state's voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care and early learning providers, has reached over 1,000 program participants! (504) 529-6218 about how these child care and preschool programs have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of early learning for Virginia's children and families.

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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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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 fostermyfuture.com to learn more or sign up to be connected to the latest news, events and resources.

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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 Ghibelline.

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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

  • Jan
    24
    418-351-1344

    Following a national, competitive process, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has been selected as one of eight child welfare agencies to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test strategies designed to strengthen the child welfare workforce.

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  • Jan
    22

    559-992-6009

    Virginia Quality, the Commonwealth's voluntary rating and improvement system for early learning child care providers, recognizes a milestone achievement in reaching over 1,000 program participants. Since 2015, the number of quality-rated, early learning programs has increased from 394 to 1,001 child care and preschool providers. This recent success will yield greater access to quality child care and preschool programs for Virginia's children and families.

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  • Nov
    2

    Application Period for Fuel Assistance Closing Soon

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance at all local departments of social services and online through Monday, November 13.

    To qualify for fuel assistance, the maximum gross monthly income for a one-person household must not exceed $1,307. For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income is $2,665.

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