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Any questions about this information should be forwarded to: The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.

Kiva Rogers- Director of Social Services 
Danika Briggs - Assistant Director for Family Services
Jay Payne - Assistant Director of Administration & Finance
Lucy Rodriguez - Assistant Director of Benefit Programs
Debbie Norwood- Assistant to the Social Services Board

Email Address
local041@central.dss.state.va.us  

Mailing Address
Department of Social Services
PO Box 430
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Street Address
Department of Social Services
9501 Lucy Corr Circle 
Chesterfield, VA 23832Map this 

Department of Social Services - Annex
Court Square Complex
9854 Lori Road Suite 100
Chesterfield, VA 23832Map this 

Phone Number
(804) 748-1100

Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

 
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Quality Child Care

Quality Child Care -- it is what every parent wants and what every child deserves.  With this in mind, the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, in collaboration with the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, is dedicated to educating its citizens about the importance of Quality Child Care.

Virginia Cooperative Extension program & employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.  An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

If you are a person with a disability & desire assistance or accommodation, contact the Chesterfield Social Services Department 804-748-1100, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m..

10 Things to Consider Before Leaving your Child Home Alone 

Virginia law is not specific about the age a child may be left alone, but the decision should never be based on age alone. Determining whether a child and your family are ready for self-care is a difficult first step.

Things to Consider

  1. Maturity Level  
    • Is your child "old" or "young" for his/her age level?
    • Children develop at different rates.
    • Look at your child's physical, mental, & emotional maturity.
    • One child may be able to care for him or herself, while another of the same age may need supervision.
  2. Responsibility Level  
    • Does your child use good judgment; follow directions, and complete homework and chores?
    • Look at your child's past performance in carrying out responsibilities as an indicator.
  3. Attitude & Feelings  
    • Is your child comfortable staying home alone?
    • Some children feel proud that their parents trust them to be alone, but others feel deserted.
    • How does your child feel about the possibility of self-care?
  4. Time of Day  
    • Will your child be home alone in the afternoon, evening, or both?
    • Does your child get scared easily when it is dark outside?
  5. Length of Time  
    • How long will your child be in self-care?
    • Some children are capable of being home alone for longer periods of time than others.
    • Start by leaving your child for a short period of time, talk to them about how it went, and gradually work up to longer periods of time.
  6. Parental Support  
    • Can you be reached easily at work? How far away are you each day? Does your child feel comfortable coming to you with a problem?
    • There are fewer negative effects of self-care when parents have a strong, caring relationship with their children, and give them consistent direction & support.
  7. Community Support  
    • Is there a neighbor or another trusted adult your child can go to or call if there's a problem?
    • It is important to have an identified trusted adult, preferably nearby, know that your child is home alone in case you cannot be reached.
  8. Number of Children  
    • How do your children typically interact?
    • Parents must be very clear as to which child is responsible for supervision and teach them appropriate parenting and disciplinary skills.
    • A child who is ready for self-care may not be ready to supervise siblings.
  9. Neighborhood Safety  
    • Are there well marked safe places?
    • Is your neighborhood well lit?
    • Can your child safely cross the street?
    • Are there problems with other people in the neighborhood (bullies, crime, or gangs)?
  10. Home Safety
    • Are rules & expectations clearly stated & understood?
    • Have responses to home & medical emergencies been taught & practiced?
    • Children should have clear set limits about what appliances they can operate and how to handle situations such as phone calls and strangers at the door.
     
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