VIRGINIA’S WAITING CHILDREN NEED YOU

There are nearly 700 children and teens waiting to be adopted in Virginia. They need you! They are bookworms, math enthusiasts, musicians and so much more, but they all have one thing in common – they’re waiting for a family like yours. Adoption is a life-changing and rewarding way to expand your family. Consider opening your heart and home to a child in need. Consider adoption.

Interested in hearing the real life stories of foster care and adoption in Virginia? Click here to read stories that show how families were started, reunited and strengthened through foster care and adoption.

Asian mother and her adopted daughters

CONSIDER ADOPTION IN VIRGINIA

The purpose of adoption is to place children who have been permanently and legally separated from their birth parents with a new family. In Virginia, over 60% of our foster care youth are adopted by their foster parent. Adoption in Virginia is an 11 step process that ensures the best fit and success for both the family and youth in care. Click here to learn more about adoption.

Family

There are more than 5,000 youth in Virginia’s foster care system, nearly 700 of which are able to be adopted and eagerly awaiting a family to call their own. The children in foster care come from many different types of families and range in age from birth to 17 years of age. Use the search tool below to learn more about these amazing individuals or visit www.AdoptUSKids.com.

Family Match logo

Family-Match is an online network created exclusively for state workers to match adoptive families, foster families, and foster-to-adopt families with children in state care.

Individuals and families can create profiles outlining their interests, home environment and hobbies so that caseworkers can more easily connect waiting children with the most compatible family possible, thus shortening the time children remain in state care.

Kinship Care

Kinship care is a way for Virginia’s children to stay connected to family when they are unable to live with their parents. When children enter foster care, relatives can sometimes become their primary caregiver (also called “kinship care provider”). Kinship care can reduce trauma, promote stability, and maintain family and cultural connections. Learn more.

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SHARE YOUR STORY

Do you or someone you know have a story about adoption or foster care that you’d like to share? We’d love to post it! Email your story or contact information to public.affairs@dss.virginia.gov.

Love

Real Stories of Adoption is a compilation of compelling video testimonials from people across the state of Virginia who share their true stories of adopting children into their lives and experiencing new love and joy together as a family.

Meet Marc and Angela Barber and hear their brave story of how they decided to adopt from foster care.

Meet Judy Bledsoe and her beautiful adoptive family!

Listen to Jackie Clayton and her family’s story of being adopted from foster care.

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