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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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