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Highlights and Trends in Fiscal Year 2010

Social Work Service Programs

The Department’s Foster Care program served 169 children in Fiscal Year 2010, compared with 187 in FY 2009, 18 fewer (a 10% decrease).  The decline is attributable in part to the continuing success of the Department’s Foster Care Prevention services, which served 66 children in 2010 and prevented foster care for 89% of them.  

Activity in the Child Protective Services program also decreased in FY 2010.  There were 250 investigations and family assessments initiated from reports of suspected abuse or neglect, a decrease of 21% from the prior year.  110 of those cases were found to require the Department’s intervention to protect children, a decrease of 24% over 2009.  The number of children who had to be placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect also decreased, from 10 in 2009 to 7 in 2010.  This decline is related in part to the success of the school-based family support program, which experienced a sharp increase in the caseload over FY 2009.  !9 additional families were served in FY 2010, an increase of 37%.  The family support workers are out stationed at two elementary schools and target services to at risk pre-schoolers.  

Public Assistance Benefit Programs

The economic recession increased the need for some public assistance benefit programs, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp program) which served 537 more households on average per month than in 2009, an increase of 25%, marking the third straight year of caseload growth. In the seasonal energy assistance program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), applications increased by 9% over 2009, from 1,715 to 1,869, and the number of households that were found eligible was 19% higher. 

The number of families served per year in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program increased by 9% in 2010 (from 594 to 645).  The TANF employment services program, the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare, caseload also increased, up 26% from 2009 (from 135 to 170 average cases per month).  The average wage earned for VIEW clients increased to $8.46 per hour, up from $8.31.  This is the fourth straight year of growth for this measure.    

Click on the links below for more information about the Department's programs and for financial reports.

• Adoption
• Adult Protective Services
• Adult Services Program
• Auxiliary Grants
• Child Day Care
• Child Protective Services
• Financial Report
• Financial Report - Direct Services and Administration
• Financial Report -Financial Aid and Purchased Services
• Foster Care
• Foster Care Prevention
• School-Based Family Support Services
• General Relief
• Independent Living
• Low Income Energy Assistance Program
• Medicaid
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
• TANF Diversionary Assistance