Adult, Family and Children's Services

Services Focused on Assisting Adults, Families and Children

The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services offers several programs and services which assist adults, families and children.

For programs and services which more specifically assist individuals and families to meet their financial and basic needs, visit the Financial and Basic Needs Assistance page. For housing assistance, visit the Housing Assistance page.

Adoption Programs

Adoption programs focus on providing permanent homes for those children in the custody of the agency who are unable to be reunited with their birth families and whose parents' parental rights have been terminated by the court. The program provides supervision and complete home studies, when ordered by the court, in stepparent and parental placement adoptions. Social Services partners with the Children's Home Society is a local adoption agency, who recruits, trains and completes home studies for prospective adoptive parents. For additional information, please call 804-748-1100 and ask to speak to a permanency supervisor.

Adoption Searches

Social Services also conducts searches on behalf of adult adoptees, over the age of 18, whose adoption was finalized in Chesterfield County or the City of Colonial Heights. These searches are initiated upon the submission of an application for disclosure to the Virginia Department of Social Services. For further information, please call:

  • Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Social Services: 804-748-1100, ask to speak to a permanency supervisor
  • Virginia Department of Social Services: 800-552-3431 (toll-free) or 804-726-7000