Responsibilities & Mission

Stafford County Department of Social Services strives to provide quality assistance and comprehensive services to citizens in need that will strengthen the family structure while promoting self-reliance, responsibility for family and protection of children and adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation through community-based services. We belong to a network of 120 local social services agencies across the state of Virginia.


  1. We acknowledge our clients as a part of a family system and empower them by building on their strengths.
  2. We strive to communicate the goals of self-sufficiency through work and personal responsibility.
  3. We promote family cohesiveness and seek to increase the number of parents who play an active role in nurturing and caring for their children.
  4. We treat every client contact as an opportunity to convey the message of self-sufficiency.
  5. We welcome and appreciate community participation in service delivery and are sensitive to multi-cultural populations.
  6. We encourage our clients and our community to work together to help build strong families that make positive contributions to society.
Services of the Virginia Department of Social Services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, handicap, sex, age, political beliefs or religious creed.