Area Family Violence Shelters
YWCA Women In Crisis, Norfolk , 625-5570
Samaritan House, Virginia Beach , 430-2120
Help & Emergency Response, Portsmouth , 485-3384
Hampton Shelter, Hampton ,723 -7774
Genieve Shelter, Suffolk , 1-800-969-4673
Avalon Shelter, Williamsburg , 1-757-258-5051
The Laurel Shelter, Gloucester , 1-888-289-2102
Albemarle Hope Line, Elizabeth City , NC , 1 -252-338-3011
Chowan Services for Abused Families, 1-252-332-1933
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program
The WIC is a Department of Agriculture program to help ensure that pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children up to age 5, with lower incomes receive a diet high in protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A & C. It is not a welfare program. The benefits of WIC include
Reductions in infant mortality
Longer gestation (lowers risk of premature birth)
Higher birth weights (low birth weight creates problems)
Improved cognitive development of the children through better nutrition.
Participants receive vouchers that they can use to purchase specific foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, dry beans & peas, iron fortified cereals, fruit or vegetable juice, canned tuna, and peanut butter.
Qualifying for WIC is based upon total family income, family size and medical need determined by the WIC staff. For the military, income includes base pay, basic allowance for subsistence (separate rations), and most special pays (flight, submarine, sea pay, etc). It does not include basic allowance for housing. Mother and unborn baby count as two for family size.
If the mother qualifies for WIC, her baby automatically qualifies. If you have other children receiving free or reduced school lunch, you may alread qualify for WIC financially.
You should call or visit your closest WIC office to determine eligibility.
Child Safety Seats
The child safety seat is the most important item you will need for your baby. It is literally a life and death issue. It is about the only item you will need to purchase new. An infant specific seat usually doubles as an infant carrier. These may be purchased at most retail stores including the military exchanges.
You must have a child safety seat installed in your car to take your baby home from the hospital. All hospitals check this.
Virginia's Child Restraint Device Law
(Code of Virginia Article 13 - Section 46.2)
The major requirements of Virginia's Child Restraint Device Law:
(Code of Virginia Article 12 - Section 46-2)
The major requirements of Virginia's Child Safety Belt Law:
(Code of Virginia Section 46.2 - 1094)
The major requirement of Virginia’s Pickup Truck Law:
Child Passenger Safety Seat Recall Information
You can check for safety recalls of car seats through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the following website. Child safety seat inspection stations will also have this information available.
Child Safety Seat Inspection Locations
( Virginia Dept. of Health)
Call for an appointment unless specified, all area codes are 757