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Giving the Gift of Hope Every Month

By Robert W.H. Mish, III About a year and a half ago, I drove to Richmond to attend Children’s Home Society’s Legacy event at the University of Richmond.  It was a beautiful spring day for a drive from Lexington, and as I traveled east I thought about the kids in foster care who needed a […]

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New Report on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care: Where Does Virginia Stand?

Cassie Cunningham, Policy and Research Analyst A new report “Fostering Youth Transitions” starts off with “All young people need healthy and permanent relationships with caring adults, reliable resources and accessible opportunities that will ensure their well-being and success” and we couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, this new report also shows that youth transitioning from foster care to […]

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Happy/Sad Holidays: Understanding Conflicting Emotions of Adoptive and Foster Youth During the Holiday Season

By Sara Buckheit, Post-Adoption Program Manager Lights on trees, favorite meals, spending time with loved ones…these may be the cherished moments we look forward to at the holidays. For children and teens adopted from or still in foster care, emotions around the holidays are often much more complicated. What may seem to be a new beginning […]

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Gratitude and Responsibility

By Marny Hackley, Development Officer For the almost three years that  I have worked at Children’s Home Society, one of my responsibilities as the database administrator is to make sure our donor information is up to date and everyone is properly acknowledged for their gifts.  I enter all the gifts in the database and see […]

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United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s Spotlight on Success: Children’s Home Society of Virginia

Children’s Home Society was graciously chosen to be spotlighted by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg as part of their Steps for Success campaign. United Way works with 40+ local and regional nonprofit agencies to tackle each of their designated nine Steps to Success. They encourage potential supporters to hear from leaders at these organizations and learn more […]

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You are capable of great compassion in the face of trauma. Today, I am thankful for you.

By Laura Pitts, Foster Care Adoption Program Manager Today, I am thankful for you. For you ordinary and yet superhuman beings who are walking this path of adoption and trauma alongside your child or children. I’m not going to lie. Trauma is a serious challenge for our young people, their families, and the people who care […]

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Newsradio 1140 WRVA Richmond’s Morning News with John Reid: “Adopt a Virginia Child Today” with Nadine Marsh-Carter

On Wednesday November 14th, Nadine was interviewed by John Reid for Richmond’s Morning News with John Reid, on Newsradio 1140 WRVA. John titled the segment “Adopt a Virginia Child Today,” and he and Nadine discussed the great need for foster care children in Virginia to be adopted. Listen to the broadcast here:         […]

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Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine: Foster Care Adoption Can Make a Lifetime of Difference

This November Fredericksburg Parent and Family magazine covers foster care adoption during National Adoption Month. CHS chief programs officer Laura Ash-Brackley contributes to a discussion about the need to provide permanent homes for teens and pre-teens in foster care waiting to be adopted, and covers some of the processes required—and the services provided by CHS. Click here […]

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The Adoption Process: What You Need to Know

By Laura Pitts Foster Care Adoption Program Manager It doesn’t take but a minute for me to rattle off a list of movies or shows that feature an older child being adopted by a great family and going on to have grand adventures. There’s Little Orphan Annie, 80’s Punky Brewster, the girls in Despicable Me, spunky […]

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INSTANT FAMILY movie: a funny and fairly accurate picture of life as a foster/adoptive parent

BY: Emily Kuezek, MSW Foster Care Adoption Social Worker Some of the CHS staff were able to attend an early screening of the new Instant Family movie at an event sponsored by Virginia Kids Belong, and we thought it was a hit! Instant Family follows a couple, Pete and Ellie, who begin the foster care […]

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What is “Normalcy?”

BY: KRISTEN TURSO The Possibilities Project Case Manager The experience of a child or teen in the foster care system is anything but normal. They are removed from their caretakers due to abuse or neglect and placed in a foster home or in a group home. They may only get to see their parents and […]

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Richmond Times Dispatch Selects CHS President and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter as a 2018 Person of the Year

CHS has the special honor of announcing that Nadine Marsh-Carter, our CEO and President, has been selected as a 2018 RTD Person of the Year honoree! The RTD Person of the Year program honors servant-leaders and others who strengthen and highlight the Richmond region. The Richmond Times-Dispatch will honor 25 individuals in the 2018 RTD […]

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Panel of Experts Working to Overcome Systemic Barriers for Youth who age out of Foster Care

by Cassie Cunningham Policy and Research Analyst We know youth who age out of foster care face systemic barriers through no fault of their own. These barriers can prevent someone from being fully independent and successful in life. Just like all young adults, youth who age out of foster care need help for a support […]

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Children’s Home Society of Virginia selected as 2018 Carol S. Fox “Making Kids Count” Awards Honoree

Voices for Virginia’s Children recently announced that Children’s Home Society of Virginia has been selected to be an honoree of the 2018 Carol S. Fox MAKING KIDS COUNT Award. The awards recognize Virginia individuals and organizations for their exemplary efforts to improve the lives of children in the Commonwealth. CHS President and CEO Nadine Marsh-Carter remarked, […]

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Neighborworks.org article “The Possibilities Project: Collaborating to help former-foster-care youth”

CHS’s The Possibilities Project was featured in a thoughtful neighborworks.org blog post by Stacie Birchett, director of communications of the Better Housing Coalition. Thanks, Stacie, for giving this program—and the under-served aged-out foster youth who participate in it—the much-deserved recognition and support! View the entire article online here or below: The Possibilities Project: collaborating to help […]

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CHS Staff “End of Fiscal Year Celebration” Lunch and Canal Cruise

CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS from our fun “End of Fiscal Year” lunch and canal cruise! It was quite the harmonic convergence of great food, bonding, history and wildlife. THANKS Children’s Home Society of Virginia for being a such a great place to work! “                                                     […]

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The Possibilities Project partners with SunTrust Bank on new financial curriculum

Imagine you were 18, or even in your early 20s, with no knowledge of what credit means, how to get it or how to use it. Try to envision being young and never having had parents that showed you how to budget your money, build a savings or open a bank account. That’s the terrifying […]

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Fredericksburg Parent Magazine’s Ask The Expert: Q&A with Children’s Home Society

Check out this link to see the Q&A with Fredericksburg Parent Magazine’s Ask The Expert: Children’s Home Society…about our adoption and post adoption services! Or read it here: Parenting Ask The Expert: Children’s Home Society  Category: Parenting “Every Child Deserves A Home.” That fundamental belief drives The Children’s Home Society of Virginia. Chartered by the Virginia […]

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CHS is proud to announce the first “graduate” of The Possibilities Project

The Possibilities Are Endless! Terrance is one of the youth in The Possibilities Project (TPP) who has made amazing progress during his two years in the program! During that time, Terrance has been so successful in accomplishing his life plan goals – including vocational training, life skills and saving money – that he is ready […]

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Local and National Experts Convene at CHS to Begin Policy Work for Transitioning Foster Youth

Virginia Ranks 49th out of 50 states for the rate at which youth age out of foster care. CHS, along with Better Housing Coalition, is committed to addressing that problem. This week, we launched a Panel of Experts who have joined forces to identify policy recommendations to better support youth in foster care and reduce […]

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Recognizing our generous sponsors

CHS has been fortunate to have the support of so many corporate and individual SPONSORS at our two recent events, the Third Annual CWGA Invitational Golf Tournament and the CHS 2018 Annual Legacy Event. We could not deliver on our mission without this generous support, so join us in recognizing and THANKING them! CWGA Invitational […]

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Why Is Virginia Ranked Nearly Last for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care…

…and what can we do to change the paradigm? If you’ve seen our recent Facebook post, you know that Virginia has dropped from 48th to 49th out of 50 states ranked for the rate at which youth age out of the foster care system. This means they leave the foster care system and enter adulthood […]

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Driving support for The Possibilities Project!

Here is a tribute to compassionate people! Thanks to a CHS supporter who became very interested in The Possibilities Project (which provides housing and services to at-risk transitioning foster youth,) a car was donated to the program for a youth who needed transportation. What a timely donation it was! The Possibilities Project youth had just […]

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March is National Social Work Month

By Laura Ash-Brackley Chief Programs Officer Did you know that March is Caffeine Awareness Month, National Brain Injury Awareness Month, National Cheerleading Safety Month and National Social Work Month? We celebrate Read Across America Day, National School Breakfast Week and International Women’s Day. In addition, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and switch to Daylight Savings […]

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Virginia can and must do better for our aged-out foster youth

Nadine Marsh-Carter and Greta Harris: Virginia can and must do better for our aged-out foster youth By Nadine Marsh-Carter and Greta Harris   Every year, the Commonwealth of Virginia has more than 5,000 children in its protective custody because they have been abused or neglected by their parents. When we make the difficult, but necessary, […]

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The Possibilities Project Announces New Research On Services And Supports For Youth Aging Out Of Foster Care

Nadine Marsh-Carter • President & CEO • Children’s Home Society of Virginia Greta Harris • President & CEO • Better Housing Coalition Youth aging out of foster care have daunting challenges set before them. Instead of having the freedom and privilege to develop into thriving adults at their own pace, they are forced to “age […]

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Improving education outcomes reaps tremendous benefits for aged-out young adults…and their communities.

By Diehdre Gregory The Possibilities Project Program Manager Education plays a critical role in establishing and maintaining a career and building a strong social network. The Child Trends nationwide report assessed best practices and innovations in six crucial service areas, one of which was Post-secondary Education. Research shows young people who have experienced foster care have, […]

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Evaluating Virginia’s Services for Transitioning Foster Youth

CHS partnered with Better Housing Coalition and ChildTrends to create a report focusing on outcomes for older youth transitioning from foster care. The report was based on a policy scan and a national survey, and analyzes the services that Virginia provides to the transition-age youth population as compared to other states. It sheds a light […]

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Act Now to Make Your Investments Pay Off for Virginia’s Youth

By Bruin Richards, Chief Advancement Officer- With the significant rise in the stock market over the past twelve months, this may be an excellent time to consider a gift of appreciated stock to CHS.  In most cases gifts of appreciated stock allow a tax write off equal to the market value of the stock, not the […]

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With “This Is Us,” Hollywood successfully portrays the challenges of foster care

by Laura Pitts Foster Care Adoption Program Manager My one guilty pleasure? Television. Binge-watching Parks and Rec for the 10th time? Guilty. Waiting eagerly all week for a new episode of Game of Thrones to air? Guilty. Jumping on the Facebook page for The Walking Dead minutes after a new episode to find out what […]

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CHS Launches Restructured Website for Improved Navigation

CHS is happy to launch our newly restructured website. The design has not changed, but: Navigation has been improved to allow visitors to easily locate our programs and services, and how to support us! We have compiled our programs under one main heading “What We Do” Pages have been added and content has been updated […]

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