Department of Social Services

Social Services building

Office Location and Hours of Operation

24 Baker Street
Winchester, Virginia 22601
(540) 662-3807
FAX (540) 662-3054 | FAX (540) 662-3279

OPEN: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

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Child Welfare Worker Appreciation

Meet some of our Family Services Specialists and see why they love what they do for local families.

Lindsey Owen

Lindsey Owen

"I enjoy my job because we are helping people be better parents, raising healthier children, which ultimately strengthens the community. It's not always thankful work. There are many late nights and missed family dinners. Sometimes though, it's all worth it. A couple of weeks ago, I was at the courthouse and, by chance, ran into a family I used to work with. They were at the courthouse, because the grandmother was giving legal and physical custody of the children back to mom, due to mom's continued progress. Their case was closed six months ago and it was inspiring to see that six months later, she continues to maintain her sobriety and ended up regaining custody of her children. That's the goal. That's the satisfaction of this work." ~ Lindsey O.

Cheyenne Spiker

Cheyenne Spiker

"I do this job because I want to make a difference in people's lives. The best feeling in the world is when you meet a family that is in crisis and after their hard work, they come out on the other side with a positive change to their lives. It's the most rewarding thing ever to see." ~ Cheyenne S.

Marisa Wilcom

Marisa Wilcom

"Children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect are more than likely to practice the same child rearing practices that may cause abuse and/or neglect of their own children. I enjoy engaging with and applying services to help families break the cycle and make a change to end generational abuse and neglect trauma." ~ Marisa W.

2018 Annual Report

FY18 WDSS Annual Report

View the 2018 Department of Social Services Annual Report - Download PDF

Our Mission

People helping people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect to shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities.

Amber DopkowskiAmber Dopkowski

Winchester Department of Social Services
24 Baker Street
Winchester, VA  22601

(540) 662-3807