Social Services


The mission of the Mathews County Department of Social Services is promoting self-reliance, stability and safety through collaboration, staff commitment and delivery of quality services.


Social services is collecting non-perishable food donations or monetary donations for their in house food closet that serves those who have a immediate need. Please contact our office at 804-725-7192.

Benefit Programs

The Department provides assistance through a number of programs including:

  • Child Day Care Services
  • Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS)
  • Medicaid and Auxiliary Grants
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW)

Benefit services can be applied for in person at the agency, over the phone through Cover Virginia by calling 855-635-4370, or persons can apply any time online.

Child Welfare & Adult Services

Social Services also assists with:

  • Foster Care
  • Adoption Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Adult Services
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Prevention
  • Court Ordered Home Studies

Contact the agency to learn more about service programs or to become a foster parent.

Welfare Fraud

Mathews Department of Social Services takes Welfare Fraud seriously. To report Welfare Fraud, contact the agency Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 804-725-7192 or you can call 800-552-3431 or 804-726-7000 Monday thru Friday 8:15 am to 5:00 pm.

Non-Discriminatory Programs

Programs are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, political beliefs or disability.

Further Program Information

Further information regarding programs and services can be found on the websites for the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid).

Report Abuse

To report adult abuse, neglect or exploitation, contact the agency Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 804-725-7192 or 24 hours a day at 888-832-3858.

To report child abuse or neglect, contact the agency Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 804-725-7192 or 24 hours a day at 800-552-7096.

Children’s Services Act (CSA)

For citizens who are interested in the CSA or would like more information about making a referral, please contact our CSA Coordinator, Gretchen Carson at 804-725-7192.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the programs administered by Mathews County Department of Social Services, please contact them at 804-725-7192.