Kid’s Club

CHS Kid’s Club is a fun opportunity for adopted children and teens to meet and interact with others who share the experience of having been adopted or in foster care. CHS staff members guide children through a variety of activities that are fun and adoption-focused, while also encouraging relationship- and skill-building. Parents have the opportunity to provide their child with an environment in which they feel included and where trained staff can ensure their needs are met in a healthy way.

Kid’s Club is now offered 8 times a year during school breaks. Kid’s Club is provided in both Richmond and Fredericksburg.


WHY ATTEND KID’S CLUB

Kid’s Club is a benefit to adoptive families!

1. Children and teens are given a rare opportunity to interact with others who are adopted. They get to feel connection versus isolation and a sense of belonging instead of being different.

2. Staff conduct therapeutic activities during the day to help children deepen their understanding of adoption and increase their strengths and coping skills.

3. Parents can rest easy and take a day off knowing their children and teens are being cared for by our adoption-competent and trauma-informed staff.

4. Kid’s Club participation will increase your family’s connection to CHS and our adoption network.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Drop off: 8:30 am-9:30 am

Pick up: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location (depends on the date): CHS Richmond at 4200 Fitzhugh Ave. or CHS Fredericksburg at 4701 Market Street

Staff or trained volunteers will transport children to and from the activity that day. In order to get in a full day of play and adoption support, please drop off your children during the designated time. We encourage our parents to utilize one another for carpooling purposes.

There will be an option on the registration form if you wish to have your information shared for this purpose.

Cost: $20 per child

This program is supported by a generous grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services; fees collected are used to cover the cost of transportation only. Payment can be made in advance or the day of the trip at drop off. Please provide exact cash (no change available) or check made out to CHS with ‘Kid’s Club’ in the memo. Participants will bring their own lunches to each Kid’s Club to preserve as much time as possible for fun.

Ages: Attendees 6-18, Counselors-in-training 16-21

For each Kid’s Club we will be breaking into smaller groups based on age. If you have a teen or young adult who is interested in helping in a leadership role, they will have the option of participating as a Counselor in Training (C.I.T.). This involves pairing with a staff member to lead the adoption activities and serving as a role model to younger children throughout the day. We recognize the growth our teens and young adults have made and value their input about their own experiences with adoption. Please contact Sara Buckheit, sara@chsva.org, to apply as a C.I.T.


REGISTRATION

You must register your child in advance in order to participate in Kid’s Club. This ensures that we have an accurate count for staff and transportation purposes.

Download the Fredericksburg registration form here. Completed forms can be sent to anna@chsva.org

Download the Richmond registration form here. Completed forms can be sent to sara@chsva.org


SUMMER 2018 SCHEDULE

Kid’s Club – Fredericksburg
Tuesday, June 19th to Kings Dominion
Tuesday, July 17th to Wilderness Adventure Park
Tuesday, August 2nd to Splashdown Waterpark

Kid’s Club – Richmond
Friday, June 15th Half-Day Field Day at Three Lakes Park
Tuesday, July 10th to Kings Dominion
Tuesday, August 14th TEEN TAKEOVER to Chesterfield Challenge Course


QUESTIONS?

Richmond: Sara Buckheit, Post-Adoption Program Manager: 804-353-0191 ext. 200 or sara@chsva.org

Fredericksburg: Anna Yates, Post-Adoption Social Worker: 540-226-0583 or anna@chsva.org