VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Richmond Receives Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic
The City of Richmond Human Services Commission was awarded $254,397 in federal AmeriCorps funding to combat the opioid epidemic and its devastating effects on families, communities, workplaces, health care, and the state. The City of Richmond, through the Richmond AmeriCorps Healthy Futures Project, will utilize a coalition to provide education, prevention, reduction and recovery services. Learn more.
August is Child Support Awareness Month
The VDSS Division of Child Support Enforcement celebrates August as the 22 nd annual Child Support Awareness Month. Parents play an important role in providing emotional, financial, and physical support to ensure that their child’s well-being and success is prioritized. From supporting their dreams to buying schoolbooks, the benefits of child support last a lifetime. Click here for more information.
New Monthly Issuance Schedule for SNAP Benefits
Beginning September 2017 and thereafter, all Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clients will begin receiving benefits on a revised issuance schedule. SNAP clients can expect to receive additional communication by mail regarding this change. To review the new schedule, click here. For additional information, contact the Enterprise Customer Service Center, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (855) 635-4370.
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.
Community Service Block Grant Team Earns National Partnership Award
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) team of the Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS) was recently awarded the National Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Partnership Award from the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers for its collaboration with the Community Action Association and local community action agencies. Learn more.
Putative Father Registry is Renamed
Effective July 1, 2017, the Virginia Putative Father Registry assumed a new name, the Virginia Birth Father Registry. The Registry provides a process for a putative father to be notified prior to termination of parental rights and/or adoption proceedings regarding a child they may have fathered. Learn more.
Breaking New Ground with Practice Profiles
VDSS will partner with Casey Family Programs, Rutgers University School of Social Work and 18 local, child-serving agencies in a ground-breaking study assessing the impact of the Virginia Children’s Service Practice Model and Practice Profiles. a framework that guides the delivery and continuous improvement of services to children and families. Learn more.
Kings Dominion Honors Virginia’s Foster Families
In recognition of National Foster Care Month and the families who support Virginia’s foster youth, Kings Dominion will provide free, single-day tickets to foster families. VDSS appreciates Kings Dominion’s continued support in helping to create fun-filled experiences for foster families and children. For more information, foster families should contact their local department of social services.
Income Verification Available Online for Child Support Customers
Child support customers now have the option to access and provide income verification information to third parties such as landlords and local departments of social services. To login or register, visit MyChildSupport. A valid e-mail address and mobile number are required for registration. For assistance, contact our Enterprise Customer Service Center at 1.800.468.8894. Learn more.
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.
New Call Center Provides Expanded Services to Citizens
The new Enterprise Customer Service Center is now available to receive applications over the phone for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medical Assistance Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The new Enterprise Customer Service Center Numbers are: Benefit Programs and Child Care & Early Childhood Development: (855) 635-4370 || Division of Child Support Enforcement: (800) 468-8894
Child Welfare Stipend Program
The new and improved Child Welfare Stipend Program immerses students in the most current best practice methods such as trauma informed practice, family engagement, and cultural and diversity competence.
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.
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 by calling 1-800-DO ADOPT.
CVS & Walmart now accept cash for child support
Need to pay child support? Spread the word. Most CVS & Walmart MoneyGram locations accept cash for a $3.99 fee. Click here to learn more.
Write your own success story!
Are you required to register for work in order to receive SNAP Benefits? Would you like to receive training that may improve your employment skills and help you find a job? We may be able to help you reach your employment goals.
Click HERE for more information!
Every Child Needs Support
That includes “increasing trust and confidence” in the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) and its processes by parents to encourage them to “increase their voluntary compliance with child support orders.” Click here to learn more about a new grant that DCSE was selected for.