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Some thoughts on fatherhood from a CHS adoptive father

Guest blog by a CHS Adoptive Parent I don’t think I’m the only man who’s uncertain about what it means to be a dad.  The role seems less well-defined than that of a mother.  Generally, a mother is there to comfort you when you get hurt, to cook something special for you, or to fawn […]

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Parting Thoughts: wonderful memories of doing great work.

Debra Wilson has served as an adoption social worker for nearly 40 years and will retire from CHS on June 28th. Her impact on adoption will be forever on the hearts of the birthmothers, families and staff. Please read her thoughtful “parting thoughts” below. We wish Debra well and will miss her! Thank you, Debra, […]

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Virginia Mercury interviews CHS Staff and Friends about Kinship Care: “They Forgot About Us.”

Here is an article by CHS friend Katie O’Connor published in The Virginia Mercury about KINSHIP CARE in Virginia. There has been renewed interest in improving policy for kinship programs to provide support for grandparents and others who officially adopt the children of family members. Laura Ash-Brackley, our Chief Programs Officer and Bruin Richardson, our […]

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NBC12 Features CHS Staff and Produces Video of CHS Adoptive Family for “Call 12” Segment

  When NBC12’s Dan Heffner invited us to participate in their Call 12 segment in May, we were thrilled. This was a great venue to promote the cause of foster care adoption and recruit adoptive families from the RVA region during National Foster Care Awareness Month. But we had no idea the invitation included a professionally produced […]

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WNRN FM 88.5 features CHS on “Hear Together” segment and website

Here’s a great, brief interview of Chief Advancement Officer Bruin Richardson by Desire Moses of WNRN, an independent “new music” station in Richmond (88.5FM) and Charlottesville, Roanoke and Harrisonburg. They feature a great variety of new rock, local artists and independent programming and are listener supported. VISIT THE WEB PAGE created by WNRN just for […]

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Voices for Virginia’s Children Guest Blog: Every Child Deserves A Thriving Family

Guest Blog: Every Child Deserves A Thriving Family Posted: May 1st, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath   Guest Author: Cassie Cunningham, Children’s Home Society During Foster Care month, and every other month of the year, Children’s Home Society of Virginia focuses on the importance of permanency for children and youth with foster care experience. As an organization, we recognize […]

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Parting Thoughts: “I am Grateful…”

by Dale Johnson-Rany Chief Operations Officer As I prepare to leave CHS, I am filled with gratitude. I am grateful Nadine gave me the opportunity to be the CFO/COO at CHS and I have had the opportunity to work with her and beside her. She is a special person and I have learned a lot […]

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I am a social worker. What is your super power?

March is National Social Work Month By Laura Ash-Brackley Chief Programs Officer “I am a social worker…what is your super power?” When I came across this saying I loved it! It’s funny and true and reflects my pride in the profession. What really is a super power? If you Google super power and you find […]

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On it’s birthday, TPP’s case manager reflects on the last 3 years

By Kristen Turso The Possibilities Project Case Manager I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day we moved our first youth into the TPP apartments 3 years ago. Lyla, age 23 at the time, and Michelle age 20 at the time, loaded their belongings into their new home, so excited to start their new life. […]

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Post Adoption, Peer Support and Two Families Bonding

By Anna Yates Post Adoption Social Worker Maria became a licensed family through CHS in Spring of last year. She already had a successful career and actively pursued science fiction writing, among her other eclectic interests. Maria was eager to dive into being a parent of a teen from foster care. She was quickly matched […]

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