OUR MISSION: TO BUILD STRONG, PERMANENT FAMILIES AND LIFELONG RELATIONSHIPS FOR VIRGINIA’S AT-RISK CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
Children’s Home Society of Virginia is a full-service, private, nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-sectarian licensed child-placing agency, and one of Virginia’s oldest adoption agencies. Since our charter by the Virginia General Assembly in 1900, CHS has been guided by the fundamental belief that every child deserves a home. To date, CHS has served nearly 16,000 Virginia children, youth and families – that’s enough to fill every seat at The Diamond, and still leave several hundred people standing in the aisles! Read more about our founding 120 years ago.
CHS’s mission today is to find permanent adoptive homes for children of all ages throughout the Commonwealth, and to provide critical support services to birth families, adoptive families, and past and present adoptees. Our full spectrum of programs and services includes working with the departments of Social Services to find permanent homes for the over 700 children in Virginia available for adoption right now, and impactful ongoing post-adoptive counseling to maintain successful families after adoptions have been finalized.
Our six-year-old program, My Path Forward (formerly The Possibilities Project,) provides housing, life skills training, counseling and case management for youth who have aged out of the foster care system in Virginia at 18 years of age. Developed in collaboration with our partner The Better Housing Coalition, this program delivers on our goal of offering a continuum of services to provide permanence for all of Virginia’s at-risk youth.
In addition, CHS offers unbiased family support groups, activities for adoptive families and children, and heritage and search services for adult adoptees. CHS is also proud to be one of only three Virginia recruiters for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption – a national nonprofit finding forever families for children in foster care.