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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 […]

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RTD Opinion: Marsh-Carter and Cunningham column “Foster children need our help”

On Tuesday February 23rd, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an Op-ed authored by Children’s Home Society of Virginia president and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter, and policy director Cassie Cunningham. Our goal is to continue to inform the public about the plight and often dire outcomes of youth in Virginia’s foster care system, and to encourage adoption and […]

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The Children’s Home Society of Virginia | Exploring Adoption in the 2010s

For the last year, we have been writing about our rich history. Each month has focused on a new decade, starting with the year we were founded, 1900, and going up until the 2000s. In these blogs, we have discussed our feats, triumphs, setbacks, hurdles, and more. Throughout our 120 years, one thing always stayed […]

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CHS President and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter Reflects On Our Rich 120-year History, and her adoptive family’s journey

As the CHS President, former board member, and adoptive parent, I am humbled and proud to be small part of the agency’s 120+ year legacy of serving Virginia’s children, youth and families. Like CHS’s charter board members who started the agency in 1900, our current board, staff and community supporters are committed to ensuring children […]

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The Children’s Home Society of Virginia | Exploring Adoption in the 2000s

Over the last twelve months, we have been writing about our rich history. Since our founding in 1900, we have overcome a lot of hurdles to best serve the vulnerable youth in Virginia. For 120 years, we have learned to adapt to best serve our children and communities. We have adapted through financial burdens, World […]

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Richmond Times-Dispatch interviews two CHS families and CHS president for National Adoption Month 2020 expose.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Jess Nocera interviewed two CHS families–the Mathews and the Steels–and our president and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter for this in-depth narrative about adoption of older youth from foster care. The article, titled “‘Never have to search for a family again.’ Richmond-area families reflect on adopting teenagers,”  is published on Thanksgiving Day during National […]

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Kat Simons Interview for National Adoption Month 2020 airs on WRVA and other Entercom radio stations

  Kat Simons generously agreed to interview our Chief Advancement Officer Bruin Richardson in November to discuss the great need for adopting young Virginians out of the foster care system and into permanent loving homes. The interview ran on WRVA, Sports 910, 1065 the beat, Mix 98.1, XL102, Q-94 and Big Country the weekend of […]

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General Assembly’s Special Session Preserves Some CHS Advocacy Successes

Much like for everyone else, 2020 has been an unpredictable year for the CHS Advocacy team. Ending General Assembly session in March, we enjoyed early success with the General Assembly acting positively on many of our legislative priorities. It quickly became uncertain as we entered the pandemic and economic downturn shortly after the legislative session […]

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The Importance of Post Adoption Services and Support

November is National Adoption Month! This month, we want to take the time to shed light on the importance of post adoption services. Adoption is a lifelong process. In order to build strong, permanent families, post adoption services and support‒which continue to serve adoptive families long after the adoption is complete‒are crucial for a successful adoption […]

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CBS6 WTVR Interviews CHS Family and CEO for “Hand To Hold” Series

For #NationalAdoptionMonth2020, local newsman Bill Fitzgerald and our great friends at WTVR CBS 6 News interviewed one of our exceptional adoptive parents–and our president and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter!   Check out the entire interview above, or click here to watch it on our YouTube channel. And please do ANYTHING you can to support our mission […]

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