Social Services

The Charlotte County Department of Social Services provides a variety of services to Charlotte County residents including protective services for children, assistance for the aged and disabled, and employment services. The Social Services Department also administers a number of assistance programs in accordance with state & federal laws including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid, and Energy Assistance.

To learn more about Social Services programs, determine eligibility, and access your benefit information visit the Department of Social Services' CommonHelp website or contact Sari Goff, Director of Charlotte County Social Services.

For information about the Children's Services Act (CSA), please see our CSA webpage here.

Learn about Virginia's COVIDWise, COVID exposure notification app at:  http://covidwise.org/

 
Sari Goff, Director
400 Thomas Jefferson Highway
P. O. Box 440
Charlotte Court House, VA 23923
Phone: (434) 542-5164
 
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year the theme is, “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together”. It is a time for us to reflect on the community partners working together to strengthen families to prevent and bring awareness to child abuse and neglect.  

The theme evokes the image of a garden, where we all have a role in cultivating and preparing children to become healthy and thriving members of our communities. Every time we invest in a young person’s physical, emotional, and social development, we sow seeds of support for Virginia families. Over time, these seeds take root and create the conditions for safe, stable, and nurturing spaces for children to grow.  

Children and families are our greatest resource, and with the presence of resilient, bonded families, Virginia’s garden is a vibrant place, bursting with color.  

Research shows that children and families thrive when communities focus on addressing root causes that lead to health and social inequities – things like stable housing, access to healthy foods, and stable employment. When these root causes go unaddressed, the stresses of life erode parents’ capacity to care well for their children and their communities. We must continue to work to advance policies and services that put families first, and strengthen all of us during times of uncertainty or increased stress.  

We must continue to work together to address disparities while connecting poverty-related needs to appropriate preventive community resources. In doing so, we work to ensure that children have positive experiences and families have access to the resources they need, when they need them.  

Throughout this month, and every day, we recognize our community partners and thank you for your dedication to helping families and children grow, thrive, and achieve the best possible outcomes.  

(Adapted from message from the Virginia Department of Social Services Commissioner, Dr. Danny Avula)

Pictured above are some of Charlotte County’s collaborators working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect:  

Front Row: Kendall Whirley and Lisa Finnegan, Senior Family Services Specialists  

Middle Row: Jacquelyne Holcomb, Senior Family Services Specialist; Stephanie Harvey, Family Services Specialist; Sue Francis, Social Services Board Member; Butch Shook, Social Services Board Member; Sari Goff, Social Services Director; Carolyn Baker, Social Services Board Chair; Emma Roberts, Family Services Supervisor; Phyllis Colley, Senior Family Services Specialist and Robbie Mason, Charlotte County Public Schools Superintendent  

Back Row: Royal Freeman, Sheriff of Charlotte County; Daniel Witt, Charlotte County Administrator and Alex Haskins, Social Services Board Member  

Other community collaborators not pictured: Bridgette Green, Family Services Specialist; Alison Gibbs, Social Worker for Charlotte County Public Schools; Marilyn McIvor, Social Services Board Member; Gloria Talbott, Social Services Board Member, Margaret Ann Elder, Social Services Board Vice Chair, William Green, Commonwealth’s Attorney and Leslie Schneider, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and Gwen Hamlett, Charlotte County Victim Witness Program