Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Hampton Roads because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
- State of Virginia www.virginia.gov
- Gloucester County www.gloucesterva.info
- Isle of Wight County www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us
- James City County www.jamescitycountyva.gov
- Southampton County www.southamptoncounty.org
- York County www.yorkcounty.gov
- City of Chesapeake www.cityofchesapeake.net
- City of Franklin www.franklinva.com
- City of Hampton www.hampton.gov
- City of Newport News www.nngov.com
- City of Norfolk www.norfolk.gov
- City of Poquoson www.ci.poquoson.va.us
- City of Portsmouth www.portsmouthva.gov
- City of Suffolk www.suffolkva.us
- City of Virginia Beach www.vbgov.com
- City of Williamsburg www.williamsburgva.gov
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 per-cent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Virginia Department of Social Services
801 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
The Virginia Department of Social Services is a state-supervised and locally administered social services system. VDSS delivers services and benefits to over 1.6 million residents each year, providing oversight to 120 local offices. VDSS programs are designed to help Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens find permanent solutions to life’s challenges and to achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency. The department administers programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Adoption, Child Care Assistance, Refugee Resettlement Services and Child and Adult Protective Services.