Charlottesville Social Services Department

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The Charlottesville Department of Social Services is one of 120 local departments in Virginia's state-supervised, locally-administered public social services system. The Department is an agency of city government which administers federal, state, and local public assistance and social work service programs[1].

Referrals for child protective services increased 6.73 percent between FY15 and FY 16. In the first months of FY17, caseloads for foster care prevention increased 21 percent, foster care by 16 percent and adult protective service cases increased by 13 percent. The state budget for FY18 allocated an additional $82,694 to the department and the department will hire an additional full-time person that year to deal with the extra work. [2]

Advisory Board

Department operations are overseen by a nine-member advisory board of which one member is a City Councilor. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month in the basement conference room in City Hall. They are all open to the public.


Charlottesville and Albemarle County periodically bring up the topic of consolidating the two localities' social services departments. In February 2011, a committee made up of members from across the community concluded that merging the two departments would not save any money. [3]


  1. Web. Charlottesville - Social Services, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 15, 2010.
  2. Web. City Council Agenda for June 19, 2017, Paige Rice, Government publication, City of Charlottesville, retrieved June 17, 2017.
  3. Web. Council hears report on cooperative work with Albemarle, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 11, 2011, retrieved April 12, 2011.

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