Since self-sufficiency is the ultimate goal for our clients, if you’re asked to drive someone to an appointment or event, they are likely working towards getting their Driver’s License by attending Learner’s Permit preparation classes, being tutored to the Virginia Driver's Manual, or taking behind-the-wheel lessons. Your behavior while providing this invaluable service should be nothing short of setting a high standard in all aspects: child safety, good driving manners, and obeying all traffic laws and speed limits.
All passengers riding in the front seat of the car must wear a seat belt at all times.
Child safety seats:
All children age 8 and younger must be properly secured in a car seat or booster seat appropriate for their height and weight. All children age 2 and under should be in a rear-facing car seat. All children age 12 and under should only ride in the back seat. Seat belts are mandatory for everyone age 18 and under at all times.
See this link for more information about car seat safety: www.safetyseatva.org
If you are unfamiliar with proper car seat installation and are interested in learning standard safety techniques, you may be able to accompany clients who attend car seat training.
Car seat education:
Henrico Department of Social Services offers this class for Henrico residents who are parents-to-be or new parents. Attendees will receive a brand new car seat for each age-eligible child. Following detailed instruction, the instructor and/or a police officer will lead the client in one-on-one, hands-on car seat installation.
Location: Essex Village Apartments, 117 Engleside Drive, Richmond, VA 23222
Frequency: Car seat classes are held at 10:00 on the third Friday of each month.
To be eligible to receive a child safety seat:
1. Client must present proof of identification as the custodial parent, legal guardian or foster parent of child/ren for whom they are applying. Eligible documents include: child's birth certificate, Social Security cards.
2. Client must be a resident of Henrico County. Eligible documents include: learner's permit, driver’s license, utility bill.
3. Client must meet all eligibility criteria for WIC, FAMIS, TANF, Medicaid or SNAP (show verification card, Notice of Eligibility or case number for TANF).