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Save the date for the second annual VDSS Adoption Conference on November 2-3, 2018 in Glen Allen, Virginia.

The conference will include a keynote by nationally renowned author and researcher Ruth McRoy, Ph.D., in addition to workshops on topics such as accessing special education support, pre- and post-adoption services, and trauma-informed care.

Feed VA Day of Action


The 2018 Feed VA Day of Action will take place Thursday, September 13, 2018. Feed VA was created to accelerate efforts, connect partners, and share resources to resolve child hunger in Virginia. Help raise awareness about food insecurity and increase access to nutritious foods by registering to volunteer.

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month


September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of the number of children who die before their first birthday, and promote critical health information for infants. In Virginia, unsafe sleep is the leading cause of non-natural infant death. Visit to learn simple, life-saving sleep practices for children.

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.


Citizens Served

$ Million

child support collected

$ Million

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.


  • 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.

  • Jan

    VDSS Selected to Participate in National Partnership to Test Child Welfare Workforce Strategies

    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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