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Social Services

The Department of Social Services is to help the citizens of Nelson County achieve a realistic and attainable level of self-sufficiency within a safe, healthy environment. We will accomplish this by using our strengths and resources in a caring, professional manner, while providing a network of protection, support, and temporary financial assistance.

The Nelson County Board of Social Services convenes for a regularly scheduled meeting every third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in the Nelson County Department of Social Services conference room. The public is invited to attend.



Learn more about fostering or adopting from

foster care with us! 

Virginia requires completion of pre-service training and assessment as a part of the approval process for all prospective foster parents (foster, foster-to-adopt, respite, and formal kinship care). More information about the process, including background checks and other health & home requirements, will be reviewed in our first session.

Contact Grace Deshong at 434-263-7175
or Elizabeth.Deshong@dss.virginia.gov
Please include your name and full contact information (phone, email, address).

Winter 2018 Schedule:

1) January 23, 6-8 pm (Nelson Center): Introductory Session on Foster Care Process and Requirements

2) January 30, 6 – 9 pm: Introduction to Modern Foster Care/ Protecting and Nurturing Children & Youth Online topics to complete after the session: Child Welfare Team, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Child Development

3) February 6, 6 – 9 pm: Attachment and Trauma Online topics to complete after the session: Parent-Child Attachment, Understanding Behavior, and Sexual Abuse

4) February 10, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm: Loss, Resilience, Discipline
Online topics to complete after the session: Working with Primary Families, Cultural Issues in Parenting, and Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

5) February 13, 6 – 9 pm: Supporting Children’s Relationships
Online topics to complete: Reducing Family Stress, The Impact of Fostering on Your Children, and Foster Care to Adoption

6) February 20, 6 – 9 pm: Planning for Change

**Please hold 2/22/18 in case of inclement weather**

Location: Nelson Memorial Library
8521 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston
NOTE – 1/23 is at the Nelson Center in the Conference Room
Please feel free to bring your dinner!

All sessions are required (for both parents if a two-parent household). Internet and computer access are needed for this series. Please note that the information presented is not appropriate for children. We regret that we are unable to provide child care.

Region Ten

Region Ten provides mental health, intellectual disability, crisis and substance use services for adults and children living in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. Established in 1969, Region Ten Community Services Board is part of a statewide network of 40 Community Service Boards working to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services where they are needed – in the local community.

Nelson County: Region Ten

Francee Laverty, LPC
Nelson Counseling Center
71 Tan Bark Plaza
Lovingston, Va 22949
434.263.4897 fax
434.906.7195 cell

Crisis Recovery Treatment

Addiction Center

Addition Resource


Contact Us
Physical Address
203 Front Street
Lovingston, VA 22949
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 357
Lovingston, VA 22949
Angela Rose | Director
fax: 434-263-8605
Region Ten Crisis Line

24 Hour Crisis Line