02/27/2024 - Foster Care Advocacy Day 2024 in Richmond, Virginia

Annual Foster Care Advocacy Day took place on January 31, and it was a huge success! On Foster Care Advocacy Day, the Children’s Home Society of Virginia leads groups of advocates, families, and youth through the General Assembly to meet with legislators and lift the voices of those with foster care experience. Attendees share with […]

12/15/2023 - Join us for Annual Foster Care Advocacy Day at the Virginia General Assembly!

SAVE THE DATE! We will be holding our annual Foster Care Advocacy Day at the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday January 31 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Here’s what you need to know: WHO should attend? Anyone who wants to advocate for better outcomes for children, youth and families involved in the foster care […]

09/29/2023 - What does Virginia’s recently adopted budget do for Virginia’s children in foster care?

You may have recently heard that after many months of working through a compromise on the Virginia State Budget, the General Assembly and the Governor have both officially adopted and enacted a new budget for Virginia for this fiscal year. But what you may not have heard is what impact that budget has on Virginia’s […]

07/17/2023 - 3 Simple Ways to Advocate for Children in Virginia’s Foster Care System

When most people think of how to advocate for children in Virginia’s foster care system, they think of the winter time, visiting the General Assembly during its busiest time, running from meeting to meeting. But what about the rest of the year, like this summer? You may be wondering if there’s a way you can […]

01/24/2023 - 2023 Advocacy Day

Once again, CHSVA is holding our annual Virtual Foster Care Advocacy Day on Wednesday February 1st! By participating in Advocacy Day, you will have the opportunity to be a part of our advocacy work this year and share with legislators why foster care and adoption issues should be a top priority. Here’s what you can […]

01/23/2023 - End of Week 2 General Assembly Session Update

We’ve just come to the end of the 2nd week of Virginia’s 2023 General Assembly Session last Friday, and are thrilled with the progress already being made to improve the lives of children, youth, and families touched by the Foster Care System! Here’s a quick update on bills that have already been moving through the […]

01/20/2023 - Virginia’s 2023 General Assembly Session Has Kicked Off!

Last week, Virginia launched into 2023’s General Assembly session, and we are already hard at work to create systemic change for children, youth, and families touched by the foster care system. Here’s a highlight of what we are working on this session: SB923 (Favola) Kinship as Foster Care Prevention Program – this bill establishes a […]

05/24/2022 - National Foster Care Month and the Importance of Advocacy

May is National Foster Care Month! National Foster Care Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau. Each May serves as a time to acknowledge and recognize foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help youth in foster care find permanent, loving homes. In Virginia, […]

03/21/2022 - Children’s Home Society of Virginia Adoption Programs

The Children’s Home Society of Virginia was founded to build strong, permanent families and lifelong relationships for Virginia’s at-risk children and youth. Since 1900, we have been guided by the fundamental belief that every child deserves a home. We find permanent, loving adoptive homes for children of all ages and provide critical support services to […]

02/24/2021 - Foster Care Advocacy Work in Virginia

Virginia is ranked 50th in the nation for the rate at which youth age out of foster care.  The outcomes for youth who age out of foster care are bleak: 1 in 4 are incarcerated within two years.  1 in 5 are homeless within two years. Only 3% will graduate college. Because of these heartbreaking […]