This holiday season, now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, we kindly ask that you consider donating to our Red Stocking Campaign.
Established in 1909, the Red Stocking is a historical campaign done by Children’s Home Societies around the country to raise money to help find safe homes for children of all ages.
Every dollar makes a difference in the life of a child.
Sadly, there are currently more than 1,700 Virginia children in foster care waiting to be adopted. They will spend this season, and often many more seasons, waiting to be adopted. Not only will these children spend their holiday alone, but Virginia youth who have aged out of the foster care system will also spend their holiday alone, without any real connection.
With your year-end giving support, CHS can continue to find waiting children the families they want, need and deserve. We can also continue providing housing and supports to aged-out foster youth.
Your Year-End Giving Gift at Work
Here are some of the ways we put your gift to work.
- $50: Activity for a foster child to meet a prospective adoptive family for the first time, such as dinner or bowling together with a social worker.
- $100: Post Adoption Club activity for CHS adoptive children to meet, interact with, and identify with others like them.
- $250: Parenting skills training session for prospective families on topics such as dealing with trauma and parenting an abused child.
- $500: Provide internet service for a My Path Forward youth for one year.
- $1,000: Furnish a My Path Forward apartment.
- $1,500: One year of post adoption counseling support for a child and their new family.
- $5,000: Rent for one year for one of our My Path Forward youth.
More than 75% of our support comes from generous donors like you. As we double down on our efforts to change lives and strengthen Virginia’s adoption policies, we ask that you thoughtfully consider doing the same.
Adoption During a Pandemic
Even in the midst of a pandemic, we have continued serving children and families in Virginia. In the past year, our team found creative ways to meet the needs of our clients and expand our capacity to serve.
Here’s how we made a difference for Virginia’s youth and families in the past year:
- 38 foster children were adopted by their new forever families
- 95 foster children were matched with adoptive families
- 259 children and parents were served by the Post Adoption Program
- 25 youth were served in housing and emergency services by the My Path Forward Program
- 53 legislators were educated on the Virginia Foster Care System
- 171 inquiries from adult adoptees searching for information about their adoption
With your help, children and youth who have diminished hopes will picture a brighter future.
At the 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.
This is why we do what we do:
“Key life events, anniversaries, and other dates that have true meaning are the cornerstones of family life. In the Baughan family, two dates are among our most memorable: December 18, 2018, and September 20, 2021. These are the dates my adoptions of Cameron and Paul were finalized by the courts. The paths leading to their adoptions took many turns over the years, but I was finally led to the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. I met Cameron when he was 16. We found that we had common interests through history and military studies. It was an easy placement that led to the bond of family. I had always planned for adopting two boys, and I began the search again in 2019. In November 2019, I saw a video of Paul on the CHS website and knew that he would be a great fit for our family. I immediately reached out to them. Paul joined our family in June of 2020, and we formed an emotional bond. CHS has provided helpful support as we work through a number of challenges, including Autism, ADHD, and PTSD. The support from CHS has been very helpful during both adoptions. I believe we sometimes wait on situations and opportunities, but it is better to make one’s decisions and act upon them. I am now 64 years old, never married, and have a family of three. The wait was worth it!”
Supporting Virginia Adoption with Year-End Giving
During this time of year-end giving, we ask that you please consider helping us provide hope for Virginia’s foster youth. Together, we can continue to make a difference for Virginia’s children and families, one child at a time.