Social Services

Community Services Building
288 West Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 26
Nottoway, Virginia 23955
(434) 645-8494
(434) 645-7643 Fax                                                                                                                                              nottoway135@dss.virginia.gov

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to aid citizens in meeting their fundamental needs during times of temporary economic and social crisis, to protect our children and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect, to administer a range of services to help maintain families in the least restrictive and intrusive manner possible, and to assist in preparing citizens to find and retain employment.

The Department of Social Services provides a wide array of services to the citizens of Nottoway County. These services include a network of protective, supportive, and temporary financial services that assist citizens with achieving a realistic and attainable level of self-sufficiency.

These services include:

Benefit Programs – These help eligible families and individuals meet basic needs, shelter and medical care through such programs as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), SNAP, Medicaid, Auxiliary Grants, and Energy Assistance.

Service Programs – These programs provide protective, preventative, and supportive services to families and individuals through such programs as Child and Adult Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoptions, Prevention Services, Foster and Adoptive Home Recruitment, as well as limited financial help to prevent eviction, utility cutoffs, etc.

Employment Services – The Department of Social Services provides assistance to eligible individuals in retaining, regaining or securing employment with financial assistance to eliminate barriers to employment such as child care, transportation, tools, uniforms, etc.


Mandated Reporter Portal

Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Division of Family Services (DFS) has launched a Mandated Reporter Portal effective October 30, 2020.  The portal provides a streamlined and easily accessible way for Mandated Reporters in Virginia to submit reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.  It can be accessed at vacps.dss.virginia.gov. Please visit https://youtu.be/hkbSl4XKVrE for an infomercial that provides an overview of the new portal.

Local departments of social services (LDSS) are responsible for receiving reports of child abuse and neglect; determining the validity of CPS reports; and providing services that enhance child safety and prevent further abuse and neglect.  VDSS operates a 24/7 CPS Hotline that performs the intake function for LDSS on a full-time basis for some agencies and after business hours and on holidays for others. Now, we are offering this streamlined, user-friendly portal to ensure timely receipt and follow up for reports of suspected abuse and neglect.


Nottoway Public Notice

Nottoway Department of Social Services is committed to providing ongoing benefits and services; however, to ensure public safety, our building is currently inaccessible to the public. We are ready and able to assist you by phone, or to direct you to online services.

If you need to apply for benefits, please go online to https://www.commonhelp.virginia.gov

Or call 1-855-635-4370 to apply for medical assistance only.

If you need to report child abuse or adult abuse — call 434-645-8494 between 8:30 and 5:00.

After 5:00 PM, call the Child Abuse Hotline @ 1-800-552-7096 or the Adult Abuse Hotline @ 1888-832-3858.

If you need to speak with an agency representative, please call 434-645-8494.

Documents can be hand delivered and deposited in our drop box located by the rear door of the building.

Documents may also be sent to the agency’s email address: nottoway135@dss.virginia.gov

Please include your case number on all emails.

Documents can also be mailed to P.O. Box 26 Nottoway, VA 23955 or Faxed to 434-645-7643.


Nottoway County Board of Social Services

Barbara Briggins, Chair

Jacqueline Downs, Vice-Chair

Ronald Scruggs

Carrie Gravely

John Roark

The Nottoway County Board of Social Services meets every other month, on Tuesday before the 3rd Thursday 1:30 P.M. Scheduled meeting dates for 2020 are:

February 18 2020April 14, 2020June 16, 2020
August 18, 2020October 13, 2020December 15, 2020

Meetings are held at the Nottoway County Services Building located at 288 W. Courthouse Road, Nottoway, Virginia 23955 and are open to the public. The building is accessible to all individuals.

Anyone who needs to communicate with the local board may request to be added to the meeting agenda in advance of a meeting. Written communication can be mailed to:

Nottoway County Department of Social Services

Attention: Board Members

P.O. Box 26

Nottoway, Virginia 23955


The Department of Social Services is guided by the Nottoway County Social Services Board, whose members are appointed for four-year terms by the Nottoway County Board of Supervisors. The Social Services Board depends on the Director of Social Services to oversee and manage the activities of the Department of Social Services. The department employs approximately 25 persons to oversee their programs.

The Department of Social Services will provide benefits and services without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. The agency is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Nottoway County Local Board of Social Services meets every other month, on Tuesday before the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Meeting months are: February, April, June, August, October and December. Meetings are held at Nottoway County Department of Social Services located at 288 West Courthouse Road, Nottoway, VA 23955, and are open to the public. Handicapped parking and ramp are located at the rear of the building.


Visit these sites for more information about state-wide programs:

http://commonhelp.virginia.gov/