Children’s Home Society understands that adoption is a lifelong process. We are committed to providing high-quality, personalized support services for children and families after a placement or finalization, to increase the likelihood of successful adoptions and reduce the child’s emotional and behavioral challenges. Throughout the lifetime of an adoption, struggles related to loss, grief, identify, attachment, and trauma are relevant issues for children and their families. Our well-rounded program was specifically designed to meet the unique individual needs of each child and family—from advocacy to respite—with the ultimate goal of building strong, permanent families for life.
No matter how long ago you adopted, we’re here to help. We are also available 24/7 to offer crisis support. Many of our post-placement services are free due to generous grant support from the Virginia Department of Social Services and Riverfront Investment Group. If you’re interested in learning more about our post-adoption support services, please call us 804-353-0191 x330.
Please note: For heritage information and reunification services please visit our Search and Reunion page.
OUR POST-ADOPTION SERVICES
Supportive Counseling, Information and Referral: An adoption-competent social worker is on call 24 hours a day to assist families with challenging issues. Please contact us for more details about our case management services for families adopting from foster care. No matter how long ago you adopted, we are here to help.
Parent Education: Throughout the year, we offer workshops just for parents. Each workshop is led by a specialist and focuses on a subject pertinent to parenting hurt children. Click here to check our events calendar.
Kid’s Club: CHS invites your adopted child to participate in Kid’s Club, which we host five times a year. During Kid’s Club— which is open to kids ages 6 to 18—your child will enjoy safe, fun, age-appropriate activities and have the chance to get to know and interact with other adopted kids. CHS’s trained social workers host the activities as well as lead discussions about adoption. Kid’s Club also provides an important respite opportunity for parents. Some fees may apply for Kid’s Club. Click here to check our events calendar.
Adoptive Family Events: CHS regularly schedules group social activities just for our adoptive families. Our goal is to create a comfortable environment that allows adoptive parents and kids to meet and expand their own support networks—and have fun together! Click here to check our events calendar.
Advocacy: CHS can help families who are navigating new systems since creating their family through adoption. This includes advocacy in the school, in the community, and related to the adoption process. We can provide resources and information, make phone calls on your behalf, and even attend meetings in person with you, all to help you advocate for your child.
HELPFUL LINKS FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
For links to valuable resources and information, including post-adoption support, please visit our Resource Links page.