The Department of Social Services, managed by the government of Richmond, Va., helps citizens meet basic financial needs and attain independence and success. It offers various programs and services related to fraud investigation, financial assistance, adult stabilization and child welfare. The Department of Social Services also provides job placement, work training and postemployment services. Its fraud investigators validate potential frauds and assemble documents for the prosecution of fraud violators. The department s case workers determine, certify and recertify the citizens eligibilities for various public assistance programs. The Department of Social Services additionally employs a special child protective team that receives, investigates and assesses reports of alleged child abuse and neglect for children under age 18.