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Adopting Older Children and Teens During National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month! We believe that every child deserves a permanent, loving home. Permanency makes all the difference in the life of a child. National Adoption Month has been celebrated every November across the country for more than two decades. November serves as a time to educate local communities through programs, events, and […]

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The Beat Goes On

Oftentimes, adopted children experience loss, grief, trust and attachment issues, identity formation problems, trauma, developmental delays, and school difficulties. Post adoption services are meant to meet the unique individual needs of each child and family with the goal of building and maintaining strong, permanent families. However, the global pandemic has made it difficult to offer […]

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What is Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®?

In Virginia, 400 youth age out of foster care each year. These youth are at risk for devastating outcomes, including homelessness, drug use, unemployment, early parenthood, and even incarceration. Fewer than 1 in 6 will graduate from high school. 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within two years. 1 in 5 will be homeless within […]

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The Need for Adoptive Families is Urgent

According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, foster care family inquiries have declined by 30 percent in the state of Virginia within the last six months. Yet, the demand for children and teens needing safe homes is rising.  Indeed, there is a particular need for families who are able to foster and adopt teenagers. Courage and […]

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Support Virginia’s Foster Care System by Joining Our “Go the Distance” Challenge

Did you know next month is Foster Care Awareness Month? Each May we take the time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.  Today, there are nearly 1,000 children in Virginia’s […]

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Celebrating Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month, and the theme this year is “Social Workers Are Essential.” Below we discuss what social work is, what social workers do, and highlight the amazing social workers who work for the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. “Celebrating National Social Work month doesn’t come with a parade, party, or confetti, […]

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MY PATH FORWARD VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE

March 15-April 15, 2021 The My Path Forward Team is excited to serve an increased number of participants in both our traditional and independent living programs. To keep up with the demand, we are asking our supporters to participate in our Virtual Food Drive to replenish our pantry. We stock our pantry with items our […]

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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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