January 12, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

January 19, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

January 26, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CHS office in Richmond

tqq33chs_15031_handprintimage_greenIf you are interested in adopting an older child from foster care through Children’s Home Society, you must complete a state mandated pre-service training. Children’s Home Society offers Educating Strong Families: Foster Care Adoption Core Training several times a year. The Winter 2019 training course consists of three Saturday sessions on January 12, 19, and 26. Each class will be held from 9-3 at our Richmond office. Applicants must attend each of the three sessions and training must be completed before families can request a home study. Pre-service training covers topics such as trauma, attachment, brain development, parenting skills, and how to navigate the foster system. The classes will be taught by CHS social workers and other speakers. The cost of the training is $150.00 per person and registration is required.

Please contact our Training and Community Engagement Manager Lauren Weidner to register.

LGBTQ Basics Training


February 6, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


CHS Office in Richmond

While LGBTQ+ youth make up approximately 9% of the youth population, they represent 19% of youth in foster care. This training, provided by the LGBTQ+ Youth Housing Collaborative, will equip families and supportive adults with tools to better understand LGBTQ+ identities and best support LGBTQ+ youth.

Facilitated by Ted Lewis, Executive Director of Side by Side (formerly ROSMY)

Childcare is provided as well as light refreshments

RSVP to Lauren Weidner by Friday, February 1, 2019

Parenting Trauma-Exposed Children


March 9, 2019 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Children's Home Society of Virginia Fredericksburg, 4701 Market Street, Suite F, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

CHS invites foster and adoptive parents to attend an interactive training that offers an overview of concepts from the TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) model created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development.

Attendees will learn:

  • How trauma impacts brain development and triggers “survival mode” in your child
  • Practical tools for building a safe, trusting relationship with your child
  • Methods for teaching your child’s brain new skills such as self-regulation and social competence
  • Helpful interventions for preventing and managing behavioral episodes
  • The importance of adult attachment style when working with children of trauma

$50 per attendee (payable on the date of training)
Lunch is provided

Participants will leave with a copy of The Connected Child by Dr. David Cross and Dr. Karyn Purvis

To register for this training, please RSVP to Lauren Weidner – by March 1, 2019

CHS ADOPTIVE PARENT Skill-Building Group


March 28, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

April 4, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

April 11, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


CHS Fredericksburg Office 4701 Market Street Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Children’s Home Society of Virginia invites adoptive parents and parents with an adoptive placement to join us for a 3 week group that tackles the challenges that often face families parenting hurt children. Participants will get to learn new material, work with our trauma-informed & adoption-competent staff to incorporate this information into your family, and gain the support and knowledge of other adoptive families.

Parents are expected to attend all 3 sessions. Please register later than March 25th.


Training materials and dinner will be provided.

Child care will also be available during these trainings. Dinner will be provided for the children and teens as well as adoption-focused and skill-building activities. All youth will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers

TO REGISTER: Space is limited for both adults and children, please contact Lauren Weidner to register: