CHS Changes Lives

What if you learned we are tragically losing 500 Virginia teens every year to a preventable plight? You would ask tough questions and expect answers. You would demand change. You would take action to make a difference. That’s what we do every day.

These 500 teens are not dying, but they are losing their lives. With lost potential and lost opportunity, they are losing their futures. Why? Because they are “aging out” of foster care without the love and support of a permanent family. These teens then face the harsh reality of statistics that are stacked against so many of them. They don’t graduate. They are homeless. They go to jail.

At Children’s Home Society of Virginia, we believe EVERY CHILD DESERVES A HOME. For 121 years, we have been dedicated to our mission of service to children and families in the commonwealth. We believe healthy families are the cornerstone of a healthy community, and we work diligently to transform our community by creating and supporting families in which children are able to thrive. We are passionately committed to finding a permanent family for every child. Because when we do, we positively impact children’s lives, and our entire community benefits.

At CHS, we change the lives of children of all ages – from infants to teens. In fact, in our history, we have served nearly 16,000 Virginia children, youth and families – including my daughter and son. Amazing!

As always, we thank you for your interest in and support of CHS and our mission. Together we will continue to make a difference for Virginia’s children and families, one child at a time.


Nadine Marsh-Carter, JD
Chief Executive Officer & CHS Adoptive Parent
Children’s Home Society of Virginia