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There are more than 700 children waiting to be adopted in Virginia. 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Foster care is intended to be a temporary solution for children who have been removed from their birth family homes due to neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other endangerments to their health and/or safety. Every effort is made to help the child remain or return with his or her family, however, when reunification (or the process of returning a child to his or her birth family) is not possible, then adoption occurs as a permanent outcome in the best interest of the child. Becoming a foster parent is also the first step in the adoption process. Learn more about foster care.
Virginia’s children deserve a loving home in which to grow and thrive. Learn more about Virginia’s waiting children and join in our partnership with Virginia Kids Belong to help find the right family for them.
John is an active eight-year-old boy who loves the outdoors and playing board games. He enjoys discovering what everything is and how it works.
Adame is an active teenage boy who loves riding his bike, going for a hike and playing basketball. He is imaginative and loves to express his creativity through building Legos
Sammie is a playful teenage girl who loves to read, take walks, and listen to music. She loves spending time outdoors and doing arts and crafts.
Adoption Disclosure involves the official release of information from the sealed adoption record of an adopted child. The Virginia Department of Social Services maintains a permanent file of all adoptions finalized in Virginia on or after July 1, 1942. Whether you’re an adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birth parent, or adult birth sibling, you can request information from an adoption file. Learn more.