The Department of Social Services (DSS) provides social work services, financial services, and volunteer opportunities administered according to state and federal regulations. The mission of the department is to promote self-reliance and provide protection for Virginians through community based services.
The focus of social work is to strengthen a family's or individual's ability to be self-sufficient and independent, to avoid inappropriate institutional placements and to provide protection for those persons unable to protect themselves. Certain social work is based solely on need and not on income eligibility. Social work includes:
Adult Protective Services (APS) and Adult Services
Child Protective Services (CPS)
Housing Choice Voucher Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The mission is to lead the way to a life of quality and independence.
DSS will provide benefits and services without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may file a written complaint with state or federal agencies. If you have a disability or if you have difficulty with English, you may get extra help to make sure you get the assistance or services you need.