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Social Services

The Department of Social Services has been a joint Staunton and Augusta County operation since legislation adopted in 1938 provided for the establishment of welfare agencies in each Virginia locality. Effective July 1, 2003, the jurisdictions of Staunton City, Augusta County and Waynesboro City consolidated their social services departments changing the name to Shenandoah Valley Social Services. The mission of the Shenandoah Valley Social Services is the promotion of self-reliance and protection of citizens through community-based services.

The Shenandoah Valley Social Services is divided into two broad program areas:

  • The Benefits Program provides medical, financial, fuel and food stamp assistance to the citizens of Augusta County, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. These benefits can be paid from Federal, State, and/or local funds.
  • The Services Program provides the following services directly, or via purchase of service: Adult Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Day Care Services, Employment Services, Foster Care and Adoption, Intake, and Volunteer Payee Services.

Last updated: 1/25/2008 11:14:54 AM