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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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