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The Department of Human Services(DHS) was created in 2010.  The Department includes all of the residential, foster family, and community based services of the Community Attention Programs and a variety of human services program and initiatives. The Director serves as a human services policy advisor to the City Manager and works to implement the social policy initiatives of the City Council.

The DHS ensures the investments made by City Council in human service organizations meet their vision, values, and expected outcomes through the Agency Budget Review Team (ABRT) process. DHS staff provide direct oversight and management of the Youth Council, City of Promise(COP), Youth Opportunity Project initiative and other similar community grants and initiatives. Additional work focuses on advancing the work of a variety of local and State human service planning organizations working in the following areas, including but not limited to: juvenile justice and detention, adult offender re-entry, public housing, human rights, homelessness, mental health, community health, workforce development, aging, and others as determined by the City Manager. 

Positive Youth Development Services for Youth Since 1971

Community Attention provides a range of services including residential and community-based components.  We strive to provide strengths-based, cost effective, user friendly, and clinically sound services in the context of interagency collaboration and active family involvement and responsibility.  We attempt to individualize services for each client as needed, including making referrals to and coordinating with community services outside our agency.  Community Attention is a fee-based program with primary funding coming from the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA) and the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).   Referrals may begin with any service component and transition to alternative or supplementary services. 

Residential Services

  • Community Attention Foster Families (CAFF) is a foster care program for boys and girls age 0-21 in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties with the ability to accept emergency placements and provide long term foster care leading to permanency.

Community-Based Services

  • Teens GIVE Service-Learning is a character education and life skills training program placing children ages 9–18 in relationship-based community agencies and volunteer projects.   Supervised volunteer activities are supplemented with services that include mentoring, tutoring, character education, case management, counseling, reflection, and recreation activities.
  • Community Supervision Program (CSP) provides case management, counseling, assessment, diversion, and supervisory services for community-based youth.  Services include employment coaching and supervision, coordination of therapeutic services, transportation, and court-directed Electronic Monitoring. 
  • Life Skills Groups include anger management, job readiness, educational support, and independent living skills.

Contacts:

  • Kaki Dimock, Director, Department of Human Services
  • Misty Graves,Deputy Director, Department of Human Services
  • Hunter Smith, Program Supervisor, Community-Based Services
  • Lindsey Munson, Program Supervisor, Community Attention Foster Families
  • Julia Rubarth, Program Supervisor, Community Attention Foster Families 

Hours:

  • 907 E. Jefferson Location - regular business hours 9-6
  • 414 4th Street Location - regular business hours 9-5
  • 909 E. Market Location - regular business hours 9-6