Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star editorial today uses The Possibilities Project research findings to make the case for helping youth who age out of foster care. Read about the statistics for Virginia’s transitioning foster youth in this fredericksburg.com editorial. Click here to read the piece at fredericksburg.com EDITORIAL: Helping foster kids transition to adulthood ONE OUT of five foster children […]
CHS is very thankful to Jake Burns and WTVR channel 6 for producing a heart warming feature about our annual wish lists for The Possibilities Project youths and our kids in foster care. See below or link to watch the video and article online One day left to help Virginia young people in need with […]
Special thanks to Richmond Family Magazine for announcing our annual Possibilities Project Wish List campaign…and our inaugural Eve of the Eve gala… to their readers! Click here to see the e-newsletter, or read below. This Holiday, Help Teens through the Possibilities Project Wish List By Posted by RFM Staff December 5, 2017 – This time of year […]
Richmond Free Press shines a spotlight on Kathryn Wall, board chair of Children’s Home Society of Va, in an extended conversation that covers all things CHS and more. From agency finances, strategies and challenges, to adoption myths and advice, to personal favorites and activities, Kathy represented CHS wonderfully and demonstrated why we are proud to […]
Nadine Marsh-Carter, CEO of Children’s Home Society and Greta Harris of Better Housing Coalition authored this editorial for the Richmond Times-Dispatch on December 3rd. It was published on the home page of Sunday’s Commentary section, along with a 2015 photo from the initial move-in of aged out foster youth into their new homes as part […]
CHS’ Bruin Richardson was interviewed by Kat Simons about TPP Research and aging out foster youth . Bruin covered our research findings in depth, regarding the quality and utilization of the services available to transitioning foster youth in Virginia and nationwide, and our task force to address these needs. Broadcast on all of Richmond’s iHeartRadio Channels on Thanksgiving weekend, […]
On November 20th, online publication YouthToday.org published an article covering the Child Trends Report, and outcomes of youth who age out of foster care without being adopted into a permanent, loving home. They mentioned that “child welfare advocates from the Children’s Home Society of Virginia and the Better Housing Coalition said in a news release the report is another […]
Check out our CAO Bruin Richardson the morning of November 20th on The Jeff Katz Show on WRVA- 1140AM discussing National Adoption Month, foster care and the effects of trauma on foster youth, and our new Foster Youth Services Research Study.
Bruin’s interview with RVA Today host Tracy Lynn airs on Monday November 20th. Bruin shared the important need to recruit families to adopt teenagers and special needs children from foster care. He also offered a great overview of The Possibilities Project and the needs of youth aging out of foster care.
WCVE PBS’ Meagan Pauly announces–and linked to–our national study. She emphasized the Commonwealth of Virginia’s poor record on the rate of youth aging out of the foster care system. Aired on Morning Edition and All Things Click here to listen to the announcement or read it below. — November 14, 2017 Megan Pauly 1 in 5 […]
CHS’ Bruin Richardson was featured in a lively interview by Jackie Paige, who shared her appreciation of Wendy’s and the Dave Thomas Foundation. The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program supports the most challenging adoptions of teens from foster care, and is represented in central Virginia by CHS. Listen to the entire interview here!
On November 16, Emily and Keyatta, one of our youth, were featured on I Heart Media’s “Adopt a Heart” campaign on Mix 98.1 for National Adoption Month. Keyatta is a sweet heart and really wants to be adopted! CHS is proud at how well Emily represented us on the radio! Listen to the entire interview below: […]
Bruin Richardson in a rich conversation with Bill Bevins on Focus Richmond aired on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th. Bruin and Bill covered a range of topics for National Adoption Month, including CHS history and programs, adopting teens from foster care, The Dave Thomas Foundation program Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, trauma informed care and […]
CHS was thrilled to be featured in the Metro section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch the day following the nationwide release of national and Virginia-based study into the challenges facing youth aging out of the foster care system. Read the article below or link to it here: Richmond Times-Dispatch: Patchwork services fail youth aging out of […]
CHS’s Nadine Marsh-Carter and Diehdre Gregory were interviewed by Jake Burns on the day of our national rollout of the TPP/Child Trends research of services for transitioning foster youth. Where the foster care system needs to improve to help kids POSTED 3:19 PM, NOVEMBER 14, 2017, BY JAKE BURNS WTVR During national adoption month, two Richmond-area organizations announced […]
Spotty Programs Constrain the Potential of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, National Survey Finds Virginia Has One of Highest Percentages of Youth Leaving Foster Care Due to Emancipation; The Possibilities Project Forming Task Force to Address Issue MEDIA CONTACT: Sean Ryan The Hodges Partnership 804.344.3212 RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 14, 2017) – A new survey […]
Spotty Programs Constrain the Potential of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, National Survey Finds States report most young adults exiting foster care don’t take full advantage of education, employment, housing and other services available past age 18 MEDIA CONTACT: Massie Ritsch 5e Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 202-365-8225 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (November 14, 2017) – A new survey […]
Children’s Home Society of Virginia is in Fredericksburg Parent and Family magazine’s Pouches’ Community Corner this month! Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive […]
Children’s Home Society Virginia is pleased to be featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch last Sunday in the main front-page article! For the article, reporter Katie Evans spent an afternoon with our recruitment specialist Krista Watson, who recently celebrated her 75th Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption. The article also profiles one of our waiting teenagers, who are […]
CHS was proud to be featured in NBC 12’s RVA Parenting last Thursday evening! Great coverage of our Angels in Adoption award, and of Foster Care Adoption and The Possibilities Project! Special thanks to Sarah Bloom and Matt Boyce at NBC12. Click here to watch the video of the news story. Click here to link […]
Westham Life, a “social magazine created exclusively for the residents of Greater Westham” in Richmond’s West End, highlighted CHS staffer Dave Martin in October’s “Making a Difference” feature. Dave is CHS’ chief marketing officer and manages communications for the CHS programs and fundraising efforts. Click on the images below to view the article. Or click […]
CHS was glad to see that the announcement by Connexions Loyalty of our new partnership was picked up by WWBT NBC12 and posted on their website! Click here to see the article.
The CHS Post-Adoption Program, which this year expanded into Fredericksburg, was featured recently on the front page of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. This amazing story featuring the Dauses, one of our newest families, will have your goosebumps tingling! CHS staffers Sara and Amy did a great job of describing all of our post-adoptive services, and the benefits we offer to the community. THANKS […]
Richmond based Boomer Magazine’s August 16, 2017 issue published a great article about The Possibilities Project. The article, written by Lisa Schaffner, was featured in the Giving Back series which spotlights nonprofits and charities. In this case CHS was proud to have our newest program showcased, which provides housing, counseling, life-skills and other vital supports for young adults […]
CHS announces a community/corporate partnership with Connexions Loyalty, a leading global provider of loyalty programs. Connexions Loyalty will be partnering with us for events, adoption and fundraising activities and volunteer opportunities. THANKS! Please read their PRESS RELEASE here: Media Contacts: Torrey Martin email@example.com 203-956-8746 Erica Pyznar firstname.lastname@example.org 860-430-2228 Connexions Loyalty Gives Back to the […]
Please check out our May Newsletter, featuring articles about recent and upcoming events like our Legacy Event and Family Picnic, reports from our various programs, and recognition of our staff and their accomplishments. CLICK HERE to view the May 2017 Newsletter Contents: • THE POSSIBILITIES PROJECT • CHS 2017 ANNUAL LEGACY EVENT • CALENDAR OF […]
Nadine Marsh-Carter talks to WTVR’s Bill Fitzgerald about the CHS Wish List for foster kids and our Possibilities Project young adults. A great way to help these children if you can’t adopt! Here’s a link to the story on the CBS6 website!
One great incentive to become an adoptive family is that many businesses offer paid time off and financial assistance or reimbursements. Read about it here as we celebrate CHS in the news again. Thanks to Richmond Times-Dispatchreporter Katie Demeria; great job Nadine Marsh-Carter! Here’s a link to Katie’s article. Or read it here: More companies […]
http://wtvr.com/2016/11/23/20-year-old-reveals-the-struggles-of-aging-out-of-the-foster-care-system/ Great story about The Possibilities Project, featuring interviews of 20yr old Mark Kinnard and CHS CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter. They discuss the challenges of foster kids and aging out of the foster care system at age 18, and the awesome services and success of our new Possibilities Project program to support and mentor this vulnerable population of young […]
On November 9, Bruin Richardson was interviewed on iHeart radio as they covered the Wendy’s Night Out national fundraiser. This nationwide fundraiser was set for November 15 during National Adoption Month, and a portion of proceeds from all Wendy’s nationwide was donated to foster care adoption via the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Bruin explained the Wendy’s […]
Click here to check out our CEO Nadine on NBC12 News at Noon from November 14th, with Sarah Bloom NBC12. They discuss Adoption Month and the process for becoming an adoptive family! (only 2 minutes.)
SisterFund, a giving circle created in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded $20,000 to support young women aging out of foster care. The money will go to the Possibilities Project, a collaboration between the Children’s Home Society of Virginia and the Better Housing Coalition. The project offers access to education, safe housing and life coaching for young people who […]
Learn about The Possibilities Project, a new program to provide housing and critical trauma-informed counseling and supports to Virginia youth who have aged out of the foster care system. The Possibilities Project, a collaboration between Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Richmond’s Better Housing Coalition, officially launched in March. In this TV8 story you’ll also […]
Sure, flowers and candy are nice. But what about a meaningful gift that makes a real impact? This Mother’s Day, honor all the ways your mom has made a difference in your life by making a difference in the lives of Virginia’s at-risk children. Today there are more than 1,400 children of all ages in […]
On Saturday, April 9, The Crossings Women’s Golf Association will host an invitational golf tournament fundraiser to benefit Children’s Home Society of Virginia. The annual invitational will be held at The Crossing Golf Club in Glen Allen. The sign-up deadline for players is April 2. Tournament sponsorships are available. The tournament is an 18-hole Four […]
Calling all book lovers! Thin your bookshelves for a good cause — and make room for more new books! On Saturday, April 2, from 12-3 p.m., bring your new and gently used books to W. Hirsch Oriental Rugs in Richmond’s Carytown where you can meet local sports mascots Kickeroo from the Richmond Kickers and Nutzy […]
Learn more about The Possibilities Project and CHS’s collaborative partner in this exciting new initiative: the Better Housing Coalition. In this “Inspire Indeed” interview with Elaine Summerfield, Better Housing Coalition President and CEO Greta Harris talks about The Possibilities Project in addition to BHC’s history, mission, and projects. Greta talks about The Possibilities Project about […]
The Possibilities Project is a new initiative of Children’s Home Society of Virginia, a 116-year-old adoption agency committed to building lifelong relationships for at-risk youth, and the Better Housing Coalition, a community development organization that provides high-quality, affordable housing and helps build vibrant communities. This new initiative empowers youth ages 18 to 24 who have […]
Children’s Home Society of Virginia needs volunteers and household donations for The Possibilities Project, with donation days on March 4 and 5. This collaborative initiative with the Better Housing Coalition will empower youth ages 18 to 24 who have aged out of foster care by providing them critical social supports and housing, and assisting as […]
In this radio interview with Ted Schubel, CHS President & CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter talks about foster care adoption, Fostering Futures legislation, and The Possibilities Project for youth who “age out” of foster care. If you missed it, visit the website to download and listen: http://www.newstalk1230.net/episode/town-talk-feb-19/.
CHS has joined Voices for Virginia’s Children to educate our state leaders on “Fostering Futures.” This critical legislation will allow Virginia to provide transition services up to age 21 for youth aging out of foster care. “Fostering Futures” is the name given to the proposed legislation that will expand adoption assistance for families who adopt […]
Virginia ranks last in the country for the percentage of our children who age out of foster care without being adopted. The challenges facing these children are great, but not insurmountable. In fact, research shows that when youth aging out of foster care are offered access to vital supports like stable, affordable housing, education, and lifelong […]
CHS President & CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter was interviewed with Ted Schubel for National Adoption Month and CHS’s World Adoption Day benefit day with sweetFrog! Topics covered included infant adoption, foster adoption, search and reunion, post-adoption services, busting adoption myths, and more! If you missed it, visit the website to download and listen at http://www.newstalk1230.net/episode/town-talk-nov-9/.
About one-quarter of Virginia youth in foster care turn 18 without a permanent home, giving the commonwealth the highest rate of children aging out of care. Read more about The Possibilities Project which is leading the charge to provide housing and support to this vulnerable population. Click on this link to read the full article […]
In this month’s Richmond Family Magazine, read about Janeva’s journey to find a permanent family. Janeva — like 500 Virginia children and 23,000 children nationwide — “aged out” of foster care without being adopted. You’ll also read about Steven Effinger, a CHS adoptive dad of two teen brothers, and how he was inspired to create […]
Buy a Cup, Help 1,400 Virginia Children Find Families! On World Adoption Day, every purchase at sweetFrog will benefit Children’s Home Society of Virginia and our mission to find permanent, loving families for Virginia’s waiting children. Today there are more than 1,400 children in Virginia foster care waiting for someone to call Mom or Dad. […]
CHS is thrilled to be recognized as a community partner by the Virginia Repertory Theatre and its October production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” in Richmond. An inventive, high-energy play, this prequel to the story of Peter Pan has been winning the hearts of adults and kids since it first appeared on Broadway in 2012. […]
In the nonprofit column “Reaching Out” in its September 2015 issue, Richmond Family Magazine spotlights CHS and our 115 years of impactful work. Read the story of Michael, who was once one of the more than 1,400 Virginia children in foster care waiting for a mom or dad to call his own. Today he is a […]
Children’s Home Society of Virginia’s Temporary Infant Care program provides critical resources and support for at-risk infants and birth mothers in crisis. “When children enter the foster-care system, parents think they lose all control and can’t get the child back,” said Laura Ash–Brackley, director of social work for Children’s Home Society. “This is a voluntary […]
CHS is thrilled to be a recipient of a $100,000 Impact 100 Grant for the Possibilities Project — a collaborative initiative with the Better Housing Coalition. The Possibilities Project will empower at-risk children aging out of foster care and change the trajectory of their lives. The two-phased initiative will develop and provide the best services, […]
Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Greater Richmond Fit4Kids were the big winners in this year’s Impact 100 Richmond’s “Big Give,” each walking away with a $100,000 grant to finance projects aimed at helping area youth. But the typically happy feel-good event suffered a glitch in the electronic voting system used at Monday night’s meeting […]
Janeva is an incredible young woman with a compelling story about aging out of foster care. She is a powerful advocate for young people in her situation — and hopes to affect change so that future foster children find the permanency that can change their lives. Read the Richmond Free Press article about Janeva and […]
CHS President and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter was quoted in this Mother’s Day feature about foster moms. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Just as every family’s story is unique, so are the reasons and paths that people choose to become foster parents. Some have biological children and simply want to help other kids in […]
This year, honor a special woman in your life on Mother’s Day by choosing a meaningful gift that makes a real impact. Whether it’s your mom, your stepmom, your foster mom, your grandmother, your aunt, or someone else who has been like a mom to you, this Mother’s Day, honor all the ways she has […]
Sometimes when a baby arrives, parents are not ready to safely care for their child. CHS can help. CHS has trained families who care for at-risk infants TEMPORARILY and with no strings attached — meaning, adoption does not have to be their goal. We work with the birth parents to help them make decisions about […]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHS! We recently had a small party to celebrate a very big milestone: Our 115th birthday! We chose the home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team for the party, not just because it’s a fun and family-friendly place, but for a very special reason. In our 115 years, CHS has found permanent, loving families […]
Learn more about CHS Board Chair Eddie Lumpkin, CHS’s 115-year history, and what the future holds for the children we serve in this Sunday Q&A interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch by clicking here.
This Christmas, there are 1,400 Virginia children without families — just waiting to be adopted. Meet one Richmond family, the Hanrahans, who are raising nine children! Just one of our amazing CHS families, the Hanrahans have five adopted children and also have four biological children. They say adopting has enriched their lives beyond measure. Watch […]
Shop at Ellwood Thompson’s market in Richmond’s Carytown on Sunday, December 21, and 5% of your sales will benefit CHS! Mark your calendar and be sure to take advantage of this great way to support CHS and a local business. Stop in for groceries, holiday pies, and last-minute gifts, and even to pick up lunch […]
Grab some books and head to Richmond’s Carytown where W. Hirsch Oriental Rugs is collecting books for CHS this holiday season. Donate your new or gently used books and receive 30% off PLUS get a complimentary photo with Carytown Santa right in the store. Get your photo with Santa on Saturdays this month. All books […]
Children’s Home Society of Virginia is committed to our mission to find strong, permanent adoptive families for Virginia’s children. Our work toward this goal is driven by the individual needs of each child and framed by the laws of the Commonwealth. The recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in Virginia, and the Commonwealth’s action […]
This year, CHS is the featured nonprofit for the holiday card of local law firm Christian & Barton, LLP. We have a chance to submit art that will be used on the card. Your child’s art could be chosen! If you’re interested, submit your 8.5×11 art to CHS by September 22, by mail or dropped […]
CHS welcomed families and friends for its second annual CHS Family 5K: Run, Walk & Play for Adoption in Deep Run Park on Saturday, May 10. All proceeds from the event benefit CHS and support our 114-year-old non-profit agency’s mission to find permanent adoptive families for infants, children, and teenagers. We kicked off the morning […]
Sure, flowers and candy are nice. But what about a meaningful gift that makes a real impact? This Mother’s Day, honor all the ways your mother has made a difference in your life by making a difference in the lives of Virginia’s at-risk children. Today there are more than 1,300 children of all ages in […]
Do a little spring (and summer!) cleaning for a good cause! CHS is collecting donations of gently used books for a book sale at this year’s Carytown Watermelon Festival on Sunday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sales of the donated books will directly benefit our mission to build strong families. We need books […]
Today there are more than 1,300 children in Virginia’s foster care system waiting to be adopted. Learn more about what hope means to children who are waiting to be adopted — and to the families who adopt them — and how CHS impacts the lives of children and families in our community every day. Watch […]
Each year, CHS hosts an invitation-only event to raise community awareness of adoption-related issues as well as raise funds to support our impactful work. This year’s Legacy Breakfast welcomes VCU’s Head Basketball Coach Shaka Smart as our featured speaker. Smart, in addition to CHS’s speakers at the event, will focus on permanency and the importance […]
Find out more about foster care adoption by listening to CHS’s own Director of Social Work Laura Ash-Brackley on B101.5 Fredericksburg’s “Sunday Mornings with Dee” radio show, along with Michelle Matthews, Family Services Specialist with the City of Fredericksburg. It’s 13 minutes of terrific information! You’ll learn about common myths, the process, and the difference […]
CHS is developing a new video about who we are and what we do, and we need kids’ artwork to include in the film! We are collecting WORDS, which we will use in the finished video. Meaningful words. Words that tell the story of what kids and families experience. If you can help, please share […]
As part of its work for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), NACAC recently produced updated state adoption fact sheets. Based mostly on 2011 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reports System (AFCARS) data, the fact sheets present information about the number of adopted and waiting children, the length of time children spend in care, the […]
Amy and Shannon Fields are special parents to two special needs children. Many of Virginia’s waiting children are classified as special needs, either traditional special needs like the Fields’ children, or children who are unlikely to be adopted in a reasonable time span because of physical, mental, or emotional conditions, or even their age. Read […]
The Hiltons were inspired to make a difference in the lives of children in need. Learn about their experiences, and hear from Nadine Marsh-Carter, CHS’s President & CEO, talk about the importance of foster care adoption. Click here to read the story online. Or download the PDF.
Michael’s story has a happy ending. So many children are still waiting for theirs. Today there are 1,300 Virginia children like Michael who need a new hope. Please consider making a donation as part of our 2013 Red Stocking Campaign, to support our mission to find homes for Virginia’s forgotten children, and help keep adoptive families […]
Meet Mark, one of CHS’s waiting children–and one of many teens in Virginia’s foster care system who is at risk of “aging out” of the system without a permanent family. CBS6 shares Mark’s story and relates to Virginia’s challenge of finding families for teens before they reach legal adulthood. For children who do “age out” […]
CHS’s own waiting teen, Mark, takes front page and center stage in this article about adoption from foster care, as part of National Adoption Month. Click here to read the story in Urban Views Weekly.
One of our CHS families shared their inspirational story for a Father’s Day article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Read it by clicking on the link below. http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/a-family-since-oct-celebrates-father-s-day/article_c5d1ac8e-52e4-5883-8150-7e00bcf54c87.html
One of our amazing CHS families was featured in a Father’s Day spotlight by Richmond’s CBS6 TV. Watch their inspirational story by clicking on the link below. http://wtvr.com/2013/06/16/retired-chesterfield-father-adopts-5-children/
Children’s Home Society of Virginia, Coordinators2, and Virginia One Church One Child recently joined forces to form the Adoption Alliance to bring critical post-adoption respite services to families in need, and hoped to receive funding for the project through Richmond’s Impact 100. Each year, Richmond-area women collectively give a transformational gift of $100,000 to a […]
We at Children’s Home Society of Virginia (CHS) applaud the Commonwealth’s newly announced “Campaign for 1,000” initiative to match more of Virginia’s foster children with adoptive parents. It has always been our priority at CHS to find Virginia’s children safe, permanent homes, and we’re proud to be among those private agencies who work with the […]
CHS is thrilled to be a finalist in Impact 100’s Big Give, which will award a transformational $100,000 grant to a local non-profit on Tuesday, May 7! CHS joined with Coordinators2inc. and Virginia One Church One Child to form the Adoption Alliance — this Alliance would be the grant recipient. If we are selected as […]
CHS is thrilled to have the support of several generous sponsors, who have helped make our CHS Family 5K Run & Walk fundraising event possible. They include: Gold: Thompson McMullan Protiviti Silver: RCM&D Janney Montgomery Scott Bronze: New York Life If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please contact CHS Development Coordinator Kemper Thornton […]
Children’s Home Society, a 113-year old nonprofit group that places children with permanent families, has retained Burford Advertising as their agency of record. Burford created “The Wait Is Unbearable” print, web and TV ads. The TV ads will feature teens that are waiting to be adopted and local corporate sponsors who are donating money to […]
Sometimes, Richmond advertising veteran Doug Burford gets emotionally involved in his company’s projects. The pro bono campaign developed by his outfit, Burford Advertising Inc., for Children’s Home Society of Virginia is one of those projects. The campaign involves radio spots and a series of videos that showcase older children who want to be adopted — […]
CHS’s television campaign featuring teens waiting for adoption is supported by sponsorship from Estes Express Lines, and was created with Richmond agency veteran and children’s advocate Doug Burford of Burford Advertising.