Share your love with a child who needs you!
PDSS C.A.R.E.S Program, is seeking loving foster homes for children between the ages 4 through 18 years old with medical, behavioral and/or emotional needs. All foster parents are provided with a competitve stipend and wrap around services. Learn more about C.A.R.E.S program.
For more information about the CARES program, contact Valentina Palmer 405-1800 ext 8190
Gloria C. Twitty, Volunteer Resource Coordinator,
757-405-1800 x8246

View a list of items you will need to bring

Welcome to the City of Portsmouth Department of Social Services homepage. DSS touches the lives of all citizens by providing programs and services that ensure the health and welfare of our citizens.

The department provides services to individuals and families that enable them to be the best they can be.  Some of these services include foster care, adoption services,  adult and child protective services, job assistance, food stamps, medical aid, and many others.  We're here to help citizens lead productive, self-sufficient lives.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Help prevent child abuse in our home and in our families. View the facts and awareness page for more information.

Cases of child abuse and neglect can be reported to the 24/7 statewide hotline (1-800-552-7096 or 1-804-786-8536).
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Free Tax Preparation
PDSS will serve as a registered Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site until April 2009. This program offers free tax preparation assistance for 2008 tax returns to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes of $40,000 or less.
Professionally trained and IRS certified volunteers will be on hand to assist with tax return preparation and electronic filing.
VITA/EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) tax preparation and screening services are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by contacting:

Department of Social Services Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

“To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”